A new cycle scheme that allows Londoners to hire bikes from 315 docking stations around the capital opened for business on Friday.
More than 12,000 people have already signed up for the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme, which Mayor Boris Johnson heralded as a ‘new dawn’ in London’s bid to become the greatest cycling city in the world.
Initially, 5,000 bikes will be available for hire across London. Docking stations will be open for use 24 hours a day, and cyclists who pay to join the scheme will be given 30 minutes’ free hire every time they pick up a bike. Subsequent usage will be charged by the day or hour.
Which? will test the cycle scheme
Transport for London, which operates the scheme, said it also has plans to allow casual use of the bikes. Cyclists would be able to turn up at any docking station, pay with a credit or debit card, and then be charged for usage accordingly.
Which? motoring specialist Dave Evans said, ‘In principle this scheme has big potential, offering a viable alternative to using overcrowded tube trains or buses, or bringing your car into the city. We’ll be trying it out very soon, to see if it delivers what commuters and tourists need.’
When the scheme is complete, there will be 6,000 bikes for hire across the city.
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