London to launch cycle hire scheme

A new cycle hire scheme is being introduced in London in a bid to make transport "greener" by reducing traffic and emissions.

Around 6,000 bicycles will be available for rent at 400 points across the capital once the scheme is launched on July 30.

Users will be able to access the bike for a day for £1, with the first half-hour journey free. They will need to pay a usage charge of £1 for the next 30 minutes to one hour, £4 for up to 90 minutes and £6 for up to two hours.

The bicycles, equipped with three-speed gears, dynamo-powered lights, bells and baskets, are being built in Paris, Boston and Montreal, where such schemes are already in place.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "What we are creating is not just a cycle hire scheme, but a new form of public transport of the greenest and healthiest of kinds.

It will become the cornerstone of the cycling revolution in the capital and will, I'm sure, convert legions of people to the pleasures of pedal power."

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