The Mayor lays foundations for making London a great cycling city 18 November 2008. Ambitious plans to provide a cycle hire scheme in London by May 2010 are achievable according to a feasibility study released today. Transport for London has now invited companies interested in running the scheme to get in touch with them.
From May 2010 people will be able to pick up and drop off hire bikes at 400 locations across the nine London boroughs and several Royal Parks that make up London’s zone one travel area. An initial 6,000 hire bikes are expected to generate around 40,000 extra daily cycle trips in central London.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "When Londoners elected me they knew they were getting a champion of cycling and someone that would be a peddler of pedal power. I have long held the view that a cyclised city is a civilised city; but if we are to get more Londoners onto two wheels rather than four we need to provide the facilities to help them do so.
"I hope a central London cycle hire scheme will inspire Londoners as a whole, and not just the adventurous few, to get on their bikes and give cycling a go. I believe that the work we are carrying out can make the capital a city of cyclists, where to use two wheels is common not curious."
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor’s Director of Transport Policy, said: "The release of the feasibility study and the call for companies to tender to provide a cycle hire scheme are further steps towards providing the most sustainable, healthy and environmentally friendly transport system ever seen in the Capital. We are working incredibly hard to ensure London will be in a position to hit the target of a 400 per cent increase in cycle journeys in London by 2025."