Central London Biking Scheme – Summer 2010

29/06/2011by in Uncategorized

Boris Johnson has promised summer 2010 to be one of the most exciting yet with the introduction of a Paris like Cycle Hire Scheme within Central London. This will be a public bicycle sharing scheme for short journeys in and around London.

Bicycles will be self service, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and eligible for over 14’s . There will be 400 docking stations to pick up and drop off any one of the 6,000 hire bikes available, at any location suitable to you. The London Cycle Hire scheme will build on the 107 per cent growth in cycle journeys which the Capital has seen since TFL was created in 2000. In the last year alone, there has been a nine per cent increase in cycle journeys on London’s major roads.

To hire a bicycle you will need to pay:

  • An access fee (gives you the right to use the scheme)
  • A usage charge (based on the duration of the journey)
  • Become a member of the scheme and you will receive a chip-enabled membership key providing easier and faster access. This is a one off cost of £3 per key
  • To be paid with credit or debit card

Access fee

  • The first 30 minutes of each journey are FREE.
  • 24 hour access – £1
  • 7 day access – £5
  • Annual access – £45 (members only)

Usage charge

Up to 30 minutes FREE
Up to 1 hour £1
Up to 1 and 30 minutes £4
Up to 2 hours £6
Up to 2 hours and 30 minutes £10
Up to 3 hours £15
Up to 6 hours £35
Up to 24 hours (Maximum usage fee) £50

Other fees

Late return charge £150
Damage charge Up to £300
Non-return charge £300

The charging structure means that:

  • A daily user could use a hire bicycle for multiple trips of under 30 minutes in one day for £1
  • A weekly user could use the cycle hire scheme for the equivalent of just 71p a day
  • Annual members will pay as little as 12p a day to have access to a hire bicycle