Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Tours of London- London Cycle Hire Scheme

London has now initiated an innovative bicycle scheme to encourage people to travel around faster and also as a way of discouraging hectic traffic.

London's public bicycle scheme is a great way to travel around the city - and the first half an hour is free! Get yourself a "Boris bike" and get riding.

London's Barclays Cycle Hire is a public bike sharing scheme for shorter journeys around the capital. There are more than 8,000 bikes at 570 locations across London. More than 17 million journeys have been made on the bikes since the scheme was launched in 2010.

The "Boris bikes" (named after London's Mayor Boris Johnson), are available to casual users - including non-UK residents - as well as members.

The bikes are easy to hire – simply swipe your membership key, credit or debit card, grab a bike and go. After you've paid your daily, weekly or yearly access fee, your first half-hour is free, with no additional charge, provided the bicycle is returned on time.

When you've finished your journey, just drop the bike back to one of the many docking stations across London. Cycle Hire docking stations are located across nine London boroughs and in several Royal Parks in Central London.

If you want to hire a bike for a full day or longer, it may be cheaper to rent it from one of London's many bicycle hire companies.
The easiest way to use a bike is to sign up online at Transport for London’s Barclays Cycle Hire web page, for a membership key (£3). The scheme is also open to casual users who aren't registered with it. As a casual user, you simply need to swipe your Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card and purchase your access period: either 24 hours or seven days.

Cycle Hire Access Fees are as follows: £2 one day; £10 one week (7 days); £90 annual membership. Cycle Hire Usage Charges are free up to 30 minutes; £1 from 30 minutes to 1 hour; £4 up to 1.5 hours; £6 up to 2 hours; £10 up to 2.5 hours; £15 up to 3 hours; £35 up to 6 hours; £50 up to 24 hours (maximum usage fee).

Penalties and Other Charges
If you don't return your bike, or you bring it back late or damaged, you may be charged up to £300. 

Barclays Cycle Superhighways in London
Barclays Cycle Superhighways are cycle lanes into Central London from outer London. The bright blue Cycle Superhighways aim to provide cyclists with safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city. Four Barclays Cycle Superhighways have launched: CS2: Bow to Aldgate; CS3: Barking to Tower Gateway; CS7: Merton to the City; CS8: Wandsworth to Westminster.
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