The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme launched in London

The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme, which allows people to make short trips around London by hiring a bike, is now up and running.

Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Capital's newest form of public transport stretches from Notting Hill Gate to Wapping, and from Regents Park to Borough Market.

Londoners using the scheme can take a cycle from one of 315 docking stations based every 300m or so throughout the centre of the Capital, with a total of 5,000 bikes available.

More than 12,000 pioneer members sign up to use the scheme, with over 6,000 keys activated.

When complete the scheme will see 6,000 cycles and 400 docking points located across central London.

Barclays Cycle Hire access is initially available to members, with casual users expected to be able to pick up bikes in around four weeks time.

Londoners or visitors to the Capital who want to use central London's brand new transport system during its first month of operation need to be members of the cycle hire scheme.

This will enable TfL and Serco to understand and learn from how members engage with the scheme, including patterns of bicycle usage.

A membership key costs £3 with membership costs at £1 for a 24-hour membership, £5 for seven days and £45 for an annual membership. The first 30 minutes of any journey will be free.

Barclays Chairman, Marcus Agius, said: "We believe there are huge benefits for the public in a low cost, affordable, sustainable and environmentally friendly scheme."

"It will introduce thousands of people to one of the cleanest, greenest and quickest ways of navigating the city. An extensive transport system with good accessibility is also essential to the health of London's economy."

Further information:
Barclays Cycle Hire

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