Cycle hire scheme “an integral part” of London

13.22 | 19 March 2021 |

TfL’s Santander Cycles scheme passed 100 million hires earlier this month, marking a “significant milestone” in the scheme’s ten-year history.

TfL introduced cycle hire to Londoners on 30 July 2010 – with 350 docking stations across eight London boroughs.

Today, these numbers have more than doubled. Londoners now have access to more than 750 docking stations and more than 14,000 bikes.

To keep up with increasing demand for cycling, TfL recently introduced new docking stations in Clapham, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe.

Earlier this month, the scheme reached 100 million hires – equating to more than 10 rides for every Londoner. It also follows a record-breaking February.

Saturday 27 February saw the scheme’s busiest ever winter day, with more than 52,000 hires. The following day there were 31,474 hires, making it the busiest February weekend in the scheme’s history.

Meanwhile, Santander Cycles continue to support NHS staff and key workers by offering free cycle hire access codes. To date, these have been redeemed more than 100,000 times and used by more than 18,000 people.

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “London’s cycle hire scheme has become an integral part of our city and the past year has shown that it is more important than ever to Londoners.

“Reaching 100 million hires is a significant milestone – I’m thrilled that so many people are enjoying the benefits cycling brings and making the most of our rapidly expanding network of safe routes, including our incredible key workers.

“We have been delighted to support them by offering free Santander Cycles hires throughout the pandemic.”



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