Bike hire scheme tops 250,000 trips

Londoners have made more than 250,000 journeys using the new bike hire scheme that was launched in the city on July 30, figures have shown.

Transport For London has said that almost 60,000 people have signed up as members for the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme, and between them average subscribers are making around 15,000 journeys a day.

More than 34,400 people are daily members at £1 a day, and 21,700 people have paid £45 each for annual membership while 3,400 people have opted for weekly membership at a cost of £5 each for seven days use.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: "In the past three weeks we've seen the streets of central London transformed, as our bikes become a familiar and immensely popular sight on London's streets.

"Nearly 60,000 people have already voted with their pedals, making more than 250,000 journeys on the capital's newest icon and proving that London really is a cycling city."

Nick Aldworth, project manager for Barclays Cycle Hire at Transport for London, said: "These are early days for Barclays Cycle Hire, and we are still working with our operator, Serco, to learn about and improve the scheme. We appreciate Londoners' patience while our brand new public transport system beds in.

"However, 250,000 cycle journeys in, it is clear that Barclays Cycle Hire is already proving hugely popular with those who live and work in the capital."

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