The London Cycle Hire Scheme officially rolled out today.

More than 5000 bicycles are available for hire at hundreds of docking stations across London.

The scheme which was launched to encourage more Londoners to explore the city on two wheels has so far seen more than 12,000 people sign up for the idea.

The bikes are available for hire 24 hours a day. During the first month, the cycle hire scheme will only be available to registered members who pay an annual subscription of £45. Once registered users are issued with a keycard which will allow them to access the bikes.
More casual users will have to wait until September for a pay-as-you-go option. The idea is that you will be able to purchase access either online, by phone or at a docking station. The keys cost £3 and the cost of using the cycles varies from £1 for an hour to £50 for 24 hours. The first 30 minutes riding time is free. When you are finished with your bike you simply leave it at a docking station. If the docking station doesn’t have any space left the terminal will direct you to the nearest docking station with space.

Helmets and bike locks are not supplied.

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