And of course, biking around the city can be a great eco-friendly way to get from point A to point B.
The way we travel in London continues to change. Despite speed bumps (literally) and road safety issues, Transport for London’s (TfL) Santander Cycles program aka Boris bikes made it possible for those of us who didn’t have our own bikes to join. the two-wheel revolution.
The program is expanding massively and a certain newly re-elected mayor has taken to the streets of the capital with a shiny new electric bike to tell us about it…
Sadiq Khan, seen making his best impression of Chris Hoy, has struck a deal with Santander Bank that will allow him to continue funding the bike rental program until 2025.
But what does this mean for us?
There will be more cycles and docking stations in the city by 2025.
From next summer we will also have the choice to rent new e-bikes and those of us working for the NHS will get a further discount when using the bike rental program.
The Santander Cycles app will also be updated to make the program easier to use.
The mayor said: “Cycling has been a lifeline for many Londoners over the past year and I am determined to make it even more accessible to help us rebuild a cleaner and greener city. “
The pandemic has accelerated our use of available bicycles. 18 of the 20 busiest days since the program began in 2010 have all been in the past year.
NHS workers, who have been offered free trial rides during the height of the pandemic, will be offered a permanent discount on annual subscriptions in what City Hall calls “a continuing show of appreciation”.
Two nurses joined the mayor for this announcement.
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With over 750 docking stations and 14,000 bicycles, the program encouraged many Londoners who hadn’t considered cycling to give it a try.
The new e-bikes will aim to encourage those who currently feel unable to try the program due to fitness, age or travel time constraints to participate in the healthiest way to travel in London .
Liz Harwood, from south-east London, won a competition for a bicycle to bear her name as part of the program’s 10th anniversary. ” [It has been] great to see so many people using Santander Cycles for their exercise, ”she explained.
“I am delighted that the Liz Harwood bike has already been hired by over 700 people and has traveled from Camden in the north to Brixton in the south, Olympic Park in the east and Hammersmith in the west.
So can Sadiq ride a bike?
And not like Boris rides a bike. Do you remember the time he was banned?
It’s Sadiqcycling. It’s electric biking down Tooley Street as you stroll through Town Hall, ready to try and convince everyone that they should all move to a new town hall called The Crystal in Newham, where they can ride a bike.
His performance was quite convincing, even though he is not part of the GB team. In fact, if he succeeds with an Olympic bid slated for 2036, we’ll likely see him on two wheels more often.
Will I be able to Sadiqcycle all the way home?
It is unlikely at this point that any of the 500 e-bikes will be readily available across London when they come into circulation, as 500 out of a pool of nearly 15,000 means the chances are pretty slim.
There will be more docking stations in the outer boroughs, however, so you’ll be more likely to live near conventional bicycle docking stations.
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TfL data shows cycling in the outer boroughs of London increased by 22% compared to spring 2019. The most recent docking stations to open have all been outside Zone 1, including London Fields, Canada Water and Clapham Common.
Andy Byford, TfL Commissioner, said: “We look forward to expanding, electrifying and improving our offering with Santander, so that more Londoners and visitors can experience the benefits of cycling.”
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