Barclays Cycle Hire, an initiative which provides an affordable, sustainable and environmentally friendly transport network in London, proved to be a popular way of getting around on Christmas Day.
Nearly 18,000 journeys were made between the 400 docking stations located in central London on 25 December, an increase of 300 per cent on the previous year.
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London’s Director of Environment, said: “Pedal power would have been the perfect way to burn off a couple of mince pies on Christmas Day and the thousands of journeys that were made on our wonderful blue bikes are yet another example of the enthusiasm Londoners have shown for the Mayor’s scheme.
“With a massive expansion of the scheme to the east of the city in 2012 we will be making it even easier for thousands more Londoners to take to two wheels.”
More than 145,000 people have now registered to become Barclays Cycle Hire members.
This year, the scheme will become even more widely accessible as it expands eastwards.
Barclays Cycle Hire will cover 65 square kilometres of London – from Westfield White City in the west to Bethnal Green, Canary Wharf, Mile End, Poplar and Bow in the east. The expanded area will include all of the Borough of Tower Hamlets, as well as north Shoreditch in the Borough of Hackney.
The scheme will feature around 8,000 hire bikes, available from 14,400 docking points.
Those who wish to become a member should visit: