Advancements in technology means bicycle hire schemes no longer require docking stations, as provided with the current Santander London cycle hire scheme, with the technology now built directly into the bikes themselves.
Users of the new system will register on an app and use this to locate the closest bike, to release it using a given code and to pay for the hire. The bikes can then be left and re-locked, ending the hire period, anywhere in the area of operation. As a result cyclists will have greater flexibility in where and when they can travel in London.
Bicycles will be phased in over a number of months, starting with roughly 200 bikes and growing to meet demand for the service over time. Service providers will be required to redistribute the bikes as necessary and to manage the bikes in a way that does not create an obstruction to other road users, particularly pedestrians.
Cllr Jean Loveland, Richmond Council’s Cycling Champion said:
“Cycling is good for the environment, good for the health of our residents and we want make it easier for more people to cycle to, from and within our borough. This is a great initiative and I hope people take advantage of it.”