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Cargo bike hire scheme coming to Wandsworth
Cargo bike hire scheme coming to Wandsworth

Cargo bike hire scheme coming to Wandsworth

A cycle hire scheme will be launching soon in Tooting, Clapham Junction and Battersea that will let people rent cargo bikes in the local area.

Apr
07
London’s cycle hire scheme had busiest year ever
London’s cycle hire scheme had busiest year ever

London’s cycle hire scheme had busiest year ever

With just under 11 million hires in 2021, the London cycle hire scheme had its busiest year since it was set up in 2010, boosted by people switching from trains and buses to bikes.

Jan
13
Discount on Cycle Hire annual subscriptions
Discount on Cycle Hire annual subscriptions

Discount on Cycle Hire annual subscriptions

There's a Black Friday offer on the cost of an annual subscription to the cycle hire scheme, offering a 25% discount.

Nov
25
2021
Hackney’s experimental cargo bike hire scheme
Hackney’s experimental cargo bike hire scheme

Hackney’s experimental cargo bike hire scheme

Some unusual looking bikes have come to Hackney and Shoreditch recently - offering an alternative to hiring a small van or car to move stuff around the area.

Nov
17
2021
Best September ever for London’s cycle hire scheme
Best September ever for London’s cycle hire scheme

Best September ever for London’s cycle hire scheme

According to TfL, more than 1.2 million cycle hires were made in September, with an average of 40,660 per day – a new record for the month.

Oct
07
2021
London’s cycle hire marks its 11th birthday
London’s cycle hire marks its 11th birthday

London’s cycle hire marks its 11th birthday

Today marks the 11th anniversary of London's cycle hire scheme, having earlier this year passed 100 million bike hires.

Jul
30
2021
London’s cycle hire scheme sponsorship extended to 2025
London’s cycle hire scheme sponsorship extended to 2025

London’s cycle hire scheme sponsorship extended to 2025

Santander has extended its cycle hire sponsorship deal which was due to expire next year until 2025.

May
28
2021
Big increase in people using London’s cycle hire bikes in 2020
Big increase in people using London’s cycle hire bikes in 2020

Big increase in people using London’s cycle hire bikes in 2020

The number of people who used the Santander Cycles scheme during 2020 soared, although the number of actual rides taken barely budged over the year.

Jan
13
2021
Free Santander cycle hire and a discounted annual rate on Car Free Day
Free Santander cycle hire and a discounted annual rate on Car Free Day

Free Santander cycle hire and a discounted annual rate on Car Free Day

Later this month, Santander cycles hire bikes will be free to use all day - as it's Car Free Day - an annual event on the 22nd September to encourage people to ditch the motorcar.

Sep
07
2020
Cycle Hire discounts on Friday and through December
Cycle Hire discounts on Friday and through December

Cycle Hire discounts on Friday and through December

To promote cycling, the cycle hire scheme will be essentially free to use throughout December.

Nov
28
2019
Cycle hire hits record high as usage growth slows
Cycle hire hits record high as usage growth slows

Cycle hire hits record high as usage growth slows

Over 10.5 million journeys were made using Santander Cycles during 2018 according to TfL, but growth rates have slowed over the past couple of years.

Dec
28
2018
Free cycle hire bikes over Christmas
Free cycle hire bikes over Christmas

Free cycle hire bikes over Christmas

The London cycle hire service, Santander Cycles is offering free bike hire over the Christmas period, including on Christmas Day.

Dec
22
2018
Cycle hire bikes now arriving in Brixton
Cycle hire bikes now arriving in Brixton

Cycle hire bikes now arriving in Brixton

Seven new docking stations are opening today, including the first to open in Brixton town centre.

Feb
12
2018
Canadian Boris Bikes to be replaced with British Bikes
Canadian Boris Bikes to be replaced with British Bikes

Canadian Boris Bikes to be replaced with British Bikes

A deal has been announced that will see the current generation of Boris Bikes slowly replaced with a new lighter design, and one that is being made here in Blighty.

Oct
03
2016
Boris Bike charges “simplified”
Boris Bike charges “simplified”

Boris Bike charges “simplified”

A press release announces that "paying for Barclays Cycle Hire will become even easier from 2 January", although none of the changes make the paying bit any easier whatsoever.

Dec
15
2014
Boris Bike revamp to shrink the Barclays Logo
Boris Bike revamp to shrink the Barclays Logo

Boris Bike revamp to shrink the Barclays Logo

A year ahead of Barclays ceasing to be the official sponsor of the cycle hire scheme, they are to rebrand the bikes and shrink the Barclays part of the branding.

Jun
11
2014
Pigeons riding Boris Bikes
Pigeons riding Boris Bikes

Pigeons riding Boris Bikes

Just around the corner from the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel is a Boris Bike stand that would be otherwise unremarkable except that one half of it has been colonised by pigeons, and they have taken to the bikes with great enthusiasm.

Jun
28
2012
Some Boris Bike problems
Some Boris Bike problems

Some Boris Bike problems

Generally speaking, I do not judge a company by the fact that something has gone wrong. That is unfair as no matter how much you spend/invest/whatever, things will still go wrong at times. It is inevitable. What I will do

Mar
30
2012
Boris Bike Expansion – maps released at last
Boris Bike Expansion – maps released at last

Boris Bike Expansion – maps released at last

With less than a week to go before the Cycle Hire Scheme finally gets the switch on in Tower Hamlets, I am still waiting for a definitive map of where the cycle hire docking stations will be located. The map

Mar
02
2012
New Boris Bike stands at Canary Wharf
New Boris Bike stands at Canary Wharf

New Boris Bike stands at Canary Wharf

Just a few photos of the huge new Cycle Hire stands right outside Canary Wharf’s Jubilee line station. Considering how many people use the area as a meeting place and sit on the high wall beside the bike stand, I

Feb
11
2012
Boris Bike stand maps ignoring the River Thames
Boris Bike stand maps ignoring the River Thames

Boris Bike stand maps ignoring the River Thames

The Boris Bikes are coming to the Isle of Dogs and in doing so, showing up the fallacy of using walking/cycling distance indicators that ignore the Thames.

Jan
29
2012
A Boris Bike has been seen in Toronto
A Boris Bike has been seen in Toronto

A Boris Bike has been seen in Toronto

When we took the

Aug
30
2011
A Grand Day Out – Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris
A Grand Day Out – Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris

A Grand Day Out – Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris

What would it be like to take two cycle hire bikes from London to Paris and return in a single day?

Aug
21
2011
Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris
Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris

Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris

All going well, when this blog post is automatically published on Saturday morning, I will be half way to Paris on the Eurostar, with Tom as my travelling companion to show the French what a cycle hire scheme should look

Aug
20
2011