Mayor’s flagship Barclays Cycle Hire scheme hits 250,000 journeys

Nearly 60,000 members now signed up to use the scheme

An incredible 250,000 journeys have been made on Barclays Cycle Hire bikes since the Mayor and Transport for London’s (TfL) brand new public transport system launched over three weeks ago.

Nearly 60,000 people have already signed up as members, and between them they are now making around 15,000 journeys a day. Thursday 19 August was the busiest day so far, with more than 16,700 journeys made by Barclays Cycle Hire.

Daily membership has proved to be the most popular option to date; more than 34,400 people have already signed up to use Barclays Cycle Hire for just £1 a day. Annual membership is also providing hugely popular, with over 21,700 members choosing to pay £45 a year to use the scheme, working out as just 12p a day. A further 3,400 people are weekly members, at a cost of £5 for seven days use.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “In the past three weeks we’ve seen the streets of centralLondon transformed, as our bikes become a familiar and immensely popular sight on London’s streets. Nearly 60,000 people have already voted with their pedals, making more than 250,000 journeys on the Capital’s newest icon and proving that London really is a cycling city.”

Nick Aldworth, Project Manager for Barclays Cycle Hire at TfL, said: “These are early days for Barclays Cycle Hire, and we are still working with our operator, Serco, to learn about and improve the scheme. We appreciate Londoners’ patience while our brand new public transport system beds in.

“However, 250,000 cycle journeys in, it is clear that Barclays Cycle Hire is already proving hugely popular with those who live and work in the Capital. Around 93 per cent of all journeys made by Barclays Cycle Hire members have been under 30 minutes, which means that the vast majority of people using the scheme aren’t paying any more than their daily £1, weekly £5 or annual £45 access fees.”

Since launch, engineers have been continuing work on installing more docking stations across centralLondon. Barclays Cycle Hire launched with 315 docking stations, and the total number is now up to 335 – making it even easier for Londoners to access the bikes and return them at the end of their journeys. When complete the scheme will have 6,000 cycles and 400 docking points.

The creation of an easy to use cycle hire system was a key pledge of the Mayor’s manifesto. Just over two years since his election, Barclays Cycle Hire is now transforming the way that people make short trips around central London.

1. A membership key costs £3. Members must pay an access fee to use the scheme which is £1 for 24 hours, £5 for seven days or £45 for a year. The first 30 minutes of any journey are free from usage charges. Currently, those wishing to use the scheme need to register as a member by visiting: www.tfl.gov.uk/barclayscyclehire
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2. Examples of journeys that can be carried out within thirty minutes, taken from TfL’s cycling Journey Planner, include:
o The Regent’s Park to Notting Hill Gate (25 minutes)
o London Bridge to Hyde Park (27 minutes)
o Tower Hill to Bond Street (23 minutes)
o Regent’s Park to Westminster Abbey (16 minutes)
o The British Museum to Green Park (15 minutes)
o Old Spitalfields Market to Speaker’s Corner (27 minutes)
o High Street Kensington to Leicester Square (19 minutes)
3. Members of the scheme must be at least 18 years old, and you need to be at least 14 years old to use the scheme.
4. Barclays Cycle Hire, which is operated by Serco Limited on behalf of TfL, is the most sustainable and environmentally friendly form of public transport ever seen in the Capital.
5. Barclays Cycle Hire and Barclays Cycle Superhighways are building on the massive 117 per cent growth in cycle journeys on London’s major roads since TfL was created in 2000.
6. Barclays Cycle Hire operates across central London. Docking stations and hire bicycles are available in Camden, City of London, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Kensington & Chelsea, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Westminster and several of the Royal Parks.

Nancy Ryder
Senior Press Officer

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