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Barclays Cycle Hire, an initiative which provides an affordable, sustainable and environmentally friendly transport network in London, launches to casual users in London from tomorrow.

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It is fantastic that the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme has not only proved incredibly popular but the system has shown itself to be rigorous and robust.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Barclays Cycle Hire, an initiative which provides an affordable, sustainable and environmentally friendly transport network in London, launches to casual users in London from tomorrow.

The scheme, which has been open to registered users since its launch in July, will see the thousands of bikes at docking stations around London now available for general hire.

Deanna Oppenheimer, Chief Executive, UK Retail Banking and Western Europe, and Vice-Chair, Global Retail Banking, said: "By opening the scheme to casual users ahead of Christmas we will see thousands more Londoners, tourists and visitors to the capital able to enjoy the benefits that it provides."

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "It is fantastic that the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme has not only proved incredibly popular but the system has shown itself to be rigorous and robust.

"Now it has been thoroughly tried and tested by more than a hundred thousand members we are ready for the next stage where anyone who fancies taking to two wheels can do so in an instant with a simple swipe of their card."

From tomorrow, anyone with a Visa and Mastercard credit and debit card or Visa Electron card will be able to go to their nearest docking station,follow simple on screen instructions at the terminal and release a bike.

Barclays Cycle Hire has now amassed over 1.7 million journeys since its launch, and also announced an east London expansion of the service into the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Hackney for the summer of 2012. Last month, it was awarded Best Cycling Facility by the London Cycling Campaign.

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