A major new expansion of the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme launches today in east London, adding 2,300 extra bikes and 4,800 docking points across the capital.
Barclays Cycle Hire now covers 65 square kilometres and stretches from Shepherd’s Bush in the west of the capital, through central London and east to the fringes of the Olympic Park, including Canary Wharf.
The initiative has achieved great success since it was launched less than two years ago, with more than 10 million journeys made and more than 300 permanent jobs created through direct employment and apprenticeship schemes.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Our wonderful blue bikes have changed the face of London and introduced a new form of public transport that has eased getting around our great city for thousands of Londoners and made the capital even more attractive to visitors. I am delighted to have kept my promise to provide a cycle hire scheme for the people of London and today we have made it even bigger and better than ever before.”
Today the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme has been extended throughout the entire borough of Tower Hamlets, including Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, Wapping, Poplar, Stepney Green, Mile End and Bow.
It has also been extended in Hackney to serve north Shoreditch. An extension has also been completed through part of Kensington and Chelsea from the west of the existing zone to Westfield Shopping Centre in White City. The western extension will include approximately ten new sites through the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westfield London Shopping Centre.
Barclays Chairman, Marcus Agius, said: “I am delighted that we are launching the extension of Barclays Cycle Hire today. The scheme makes a positive difference to everyday life in London, its people, and the economy. Taking it to east London is an exciting development for Barclays as we will have the scheme on the doorstep of our Global Headquarters in Canary Wharf. ‘Citizenship’ is one of our strategic priorities at Barclays and this scheme is a great example of this.”
Hundreds of residents from across the eastern expansion area have attended community sessions to find out more about the scheme. Plus over thirty community contacts are participating in a pilot project to become Ambassadors to promote Barclays Cycle Hire to their members and colleagues.
Transport for London has also reminded cyclists of their Cycle Hire Users' Code of conduct, to help people use and enjoy the scheme safely. The Code's tips include:
- Be careful around lorries, which have numerous blind spots, and never pass them on the left just before, or at, traffic lights
- Don't get too close to parked cars
- Watch out for other vehicles and pedestrians and give clear hand signals to show your intentions
- Make yourself seen at night by wearing reflective or fluorescent clothing
- People can also brush up on their cycle safety skills by taking two minutes to watch the Barclays Cycle Hire safety film available on YouTube.