A public bicycle sharing scheme, Barclays Cycle Hire was officially started at 8am on 30 July 2010 in London, UK. 315 bicycle docking stations and 5,000 bicycles were available in central London at the time of its launch. After mayor Boris Johnson, who was in office at the time the scheme opened to the public, the scheme is also known as Boris Bike scheme.
At first, about 17 square miles of central London are covered by the project that will cost an estimated £140 million over six years. Contribution of Barclays is £25 million. The bicycles and the docking stations are constructed in Canada and are situated on Bixi, Montreal’s bicycle rental system. More than 500,000 bicycle trips were made within the first six weeks of the launch of the scheme. Serco Group plc (Serco) has been awarded a new contract by Transport for London (TfL) to design build and operate the London Cycle Hire scheme (LCHS).
The Mayor of London, Brilliant Boris Johnson is about to release further bombshell on the capital. Around the capital, 6,000 bikes-for-hire have been unleashed on 13 September 2010. Over 11,000 people are already registered to use the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme. The scheme is an inexpensive commute to work, especially if people usually take the stuffy Tube in the morning while politically risky, ticks the green travel box, tackles the much-ranted-about ‘obesity epidemic’ and at £1 an hour usage. To set up the cost of scheme, Guardian’s Justin McGuirk is painting London ‘Tory blue’, Johnson’s lucrative £25million sponsorship deal with Barclays that will recover approximately £140million.
The bikes are available to anyone, who is over 14 and can ride a bicycle without assistance. Around the clock, the bikes will be available and for riding at night, it comes with dynamo lights. However, they do not come with large baskets, helmets or locks. The Cycle Hire Scheme will only be available to registered at www.tfl.gov.uk members, who pay £3 for a membership key and then an access fee – daily (£1), weekly (£5) or annual (£45 – members only). In addition, they pay the usage charge for the time they have the bike. Once you have paid your access fee, a 30-minutes ride is free. Otherwise, it is £1 for up to one hour, £4 for up to one and a half hours, £6 for up to two hours, £10 for up to two and a half hours, £15 for up to three hours, £35 up to six hours and rising to £50 for the maximum hire period of 24 hours. Other charges are £3 each for membership key, £150 is late return charge, up to £300 for damage charge, and £300 is non return charge
Barclays Cycle Hire:
Take a cycle, and ride it, then return it, for the next person. Cycle is available 24 hours a day, all year round. It is a self-service and there is no need of booking. To become a Member of Barclays Cycle Hire, you need to be at least 18 years of age, buy cycle access (24-hour, seven-day or annual), have a UK postal address which matches your billing address. Enter your details like title, first name, middle name, surname, eMail address, phone number, mobile number, your address, house number, post code, your account, billing preferences and agree to the terms & conditions of Barclays Cycle Hire which include fees for late, non-returned and damaged cycles, click on “continue” option. Barclays cycle hire scheme map can be found online at https://web.barclayscyclehire.tfl.gov.uk/maps. you can also download Barclays bike hire location map in pdf format from www.tfl.gov.uk. You can also download barclays cycle hire app for blackberry, iPhone or android phones.
How to hire?
- Become a Member online
- Cycles will be regularly maintained but they recommend users check each cycle (tyres, brakes, saddle, lights, bell) before taking it from a docking point
- If you encounter any issues they can be reported by calling the Contact Centre number shown on each cycle
- Check that the docking point has no lights illuminated
- Insert your key into the docking point key slot
- The amber light will illuminate while your account is being verified
- As soon as the light turns green, by placing one hand on each of the handle bars and firmly pulling it out of the docking point, undock your cycle
- Do not forget to eliminate your key from the key slot before you set off!
- When re-docking your cycle, return it to any empty docking point which has no lights illuminated by pushing it firmly into place
- Wait until the light turns green to ensure you have successfully docked your cycle and completed your journey
- Keep in mind to get a green light and click at the end of every trip!
Barclays Cycle Hire – How it works Video
Map of London Cycle Hire Scheme Docking Station Locations:
View London Cycle Hire docking station locations in a larger map