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Barclays Cycle Hire is a public bicycle sharing scheme that was launched on 30 July 2010 in London, UK. At launch there were 315 bicycle docking stations and 5,000 bicycles available in central London, with 400 docking stations and 6,000 bicycles being available at the end of summer 2010.


The scheme is also informally called the Boris Bike scheme after mayor Boris Johnson, who was in office at the time the scheme opened to the public. Johnson claims to have initiated the scheme, despite it being announced by his predecessor Ken Livingstone during his term in office. Boris Johnson has said that he "hoped the bikes would become as common as black cabs and red buses in the capital".


An expansion of the project was delayed as Transport for London struggled to deal with software glitches and problems caused by high customer demand.


The project initially covered about 17 square miles (44 square kilometres) of central London (covering the whole of the City of London and parts of eight London boroughs) and will cost an estimated £140 million over six years, although it is expected to pay for itself over time. Barclays' contribution is £25 million.


The bicycles and the docking stations are built in Canada and are based on Bixi, Montreal's bicycle rental system.

Fitzrovia, Wells Street docking station being installed


The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said that he "hoped the bikes would become as common as black cabs and red buses in the capital"


The scheme has so far proved popular, with over 90,000 registered users and one million cycle rides being taken in the first ten weeks of operation.[15] The millionth journey rider was awarded four annual memberships of the scheme for five years for free.[16]


However, the scheme has been criticised for having an insufficient free period (30 minutes) and for not enabling transport to the suburbs,[17] although TfL have described the scheme as "best for short journeys".[18] Some users have also found the bikes too heavy, at 23 kg.




London Fast Bike - Barclays Cycle Hire at Night


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Taken on July 29, 2010