London Mayor Boris Johnson puts flesh on cycle hire promise

May 2010 is the target

London mayor Boris Johnson

A new feasibility study has just shown that plans to provide a cycle hire scheme in London by May 2010 are not only achievable but will now swing into action. On the back of these findings Transport for London has now invited companies interested in running the scheme to get in touch with them.


Introduction of a cycle hire scheme has been one of Mayor Boris Johnson’s personal pledges for improving transport in the city. And that pledge just got a whole lot more specific; from May 2010 people will be able to pick up and drop off hire bikes at 400 locations across the nine London boroughs and several Royal Parks that make up London’s zone one travel area.

An initial 6,000 hire bikes are expected to generate around 40,000 extra daily cycle trips in central London.

The cycle hire scheme will be based in the London boroughs of Camden, Hackney, Lambeth, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Westminster, as well as the City of London (in the parts of the boroughs that are located in the zone one travel zone). In addition, people will be able to rent bicycles from several Royal Parks in central London.

Johnson commented: “I hope a central London cycle hire scheme will inspire Londoners as a whole, and not just the adventurous few, to get on their bikes and give cycling a go. I believe that the work we are carrying out can make the capital a city of cyclists, where to use two wheels is common not curious.”


Companies who wish to register their interest in the scheme should visit under ‘Tender opportunities’, ‘Current opportunities’.