London bike share coming soon

London “Cycle Hire” bike sharing will open for business on July 30 with 6,000 bicycles at 400 stations throughout London.

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London’s Transport Advisor, with some of the bikes assembled for London Cycle Hire.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London's Transport Advisor, poses with bicycles which are to be used in London's new cycle hire scheme on July 9, 2010 in London, England. The scheme, similar to one operational in Paris, will launch on July 30, 2010 and will provide numerous bikes at over 400 docking stations around central London for on-the-spot, self-service hire. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)


A worker assembles on of the Bixi bicycles to be used for London Cycle Hire.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A workman puts the finishing touches to the fleet of bicycles which are to be used in London's new cycle hire scheme on July 9, 2010 in London, England. The scheme, similar to one operational in Paris, will launch on July 30, 2010 and will provide numerous bikes at over 400 docking stations around central London for on-the-spot, self-service hire. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)


Workers assemble the kiosks to be used for renting bikes from London Cycle Hire.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Workmen put the finishing touches to the payment terminals for the fleet of bicycles which are to be used in London's new cycle hire scheme on July 9, 2010 in London, England. The scheme, similar to one operational in Paris, will launch on July 30, 2010 and will provide numerous bikes at over 400 docking stations around central London for on-the-spot, self-service hire. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)


Barlcays executive Deanna Oppenheimer and Mayor of London Boris Johnson show off one of the Cycle Hire stations as they announce a new bicycle superhighway system along with Barclay’s sponsorship of London Cycle Hire.

May 28, 2010 - United Kingdom - Cycling - London Cycle Hire Scheme and Cycle Superhighways Announcement - City Hall, London - 28/5/10..Barlcays CEO of UK Retail Bank and Vice-Chair of Global Retail Bank Deanna Oppenheimer (L) with Mayor of London Boris Johnson at the announcement of Barclays as the sponsor of the Barclays London Cycle Hire Scheme and Cycle Superhighways.


While Transport for London gears up for the Cycle Hire launch at the end of July, Noel Carroll of Central London has filed suit to stop the installation of a Cycle Hire kiosk in his neighborhood. Taking a page from Rob Anderson’s playbook, He claims council planners failed to consider whether an environmental-impact assessment was needed before moving ahead with plans to install the bike sharing kiosks.

6 Comments

  • July 9, 2010 - 7:32 pm | Permalink

    This is going to be an interesting venture. From what I've read about it, I think it's going to go over quite well. I'm sure we'll start seeing more and more of these around the world.

    Darryl

  • July 9, 2010 - 9:40 pm | Permalink

    I cannot wait for an alternative to the Tube (Underground rail system). I had to make a 10 minute journey on it the other day and it was expensive, packed solid, hot and smelly. Maybe I can hop on a hire bike and ride to my destination.

  • July 10, 2010 - 5:30 pm | Permalink

    this reminds me of the venus project…. cheers to you guys for helping people realize that a bunch of bikes in garages and closets do no good they should be being used by somebody if the person who is hoarding is does not have time to use it.

    cheers
    Johnny
    Local Bicycle Trader
    http://www.localbiketrader.com

  • July 12, 2010 - 3:59 am | Permalink

    This is great news and it seems London take all project very seriously. I hope people of London will be satisfied and will use this bicycles.

  • bikesgonewild
    July 13, 2010 - 12:33 am | Permalink

    …it's always interesting to see how these projects play out in different cities around the globe being as they all have their own culture…

    …my query to anyone in the london area would be, what effect has been made on traffic in the “congestion charging” central city region ???…is congestion notably reduced enough so that cycling within the area is more feasible or is it a simple case of the wealthy are afforded an automotive enclave of their own & bicycle traffic is as dangerous as ever ???…

    …thoughts or input, please…

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