The scheme allows the city’s residents and visitors to hire a bike, ride it where they like, then return it to a docking station for the next person – 24 hours a day, all year round.
Barclays Cycle Hire is already available in central and east London, and the plans announced this week will see bikes and docking stations available in the city’s southwest boroughs of Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, and Wandsworth by spring 2014.
In addition, new docking stations will be introduced in existing areas where there is high demand, with the number of bikes increasing by 2,400 to around 11,000.
In total, the number of docking stations will rise by around 200, offering cyclists 5,000 new docking points. This is expected to lead to an additional 250,000 to 300,000 journeys each month.
Barclays Chief Executive Antony Jenkins said: “In little more than two years, Barclays Cycle Hire has become an integral part of life in central London.
“With this further expansion, more people will be able to enjoy the convenience which the bikes provide to many thousands of people every day.”
The free Barclays Bikes smartphone app has had over 130,000 downloads since it launched.
It was recently improved to make it the easiest and safest way for users to plan a journey, and find a Barclays Cycle Hire bike or space to dock it.
The app is available for iPhone and Android devices.
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