The scheme, which has been up and running since July 2010, continues to prove exceptionally popular with both residents and visitors to London alike.
Now even more people look set to benefit from this affordable, sustainable and environmentally friendly form of transport following the start of construction work on an extension to the project in the southwest of the city.
The expansion will open to the public in December 2013 and will bring the award-winning bike scheme to new areas within Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Kensington and Chelsea.
It is hoped that with even more bikes on the street, the extension will help the scheme to beat its busiest day on record – 23 July 2012 during the London Olympic Games, when 47,102 journeys were made in just a 24-hour period.
Ashok Vaswani, CEO Barclays Retail and Business Banking, said: “We are delighted to have reached an important landmark for Barclays Cycle Hire as it makes such a positive difference to everyday life in London, its people and the economy. Cycling continues to transform the Capital so we look forward to more Londoners and visitors becoming involved with the scheme as it extends to southwest London.”
More than 100 potential locations have been already approved for new Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations across southwest London. These new locations have been selected for their cycle routes, local attractions and proximity to public transport connections.