Barclays Cycle Hire is a public bicycle sharing scheme launched on 30th July 2010 in London. There were 315 bicycle docking stations and 5,000 bicycles available. The scheme is also informally called the Boris Bike scheme after mayor Boris Johnson.
Barclays Cycle Hire is a public bicycle sharing scheme that was launched on 30 July 2010 in London, UK. At launch there were 315 bicycle docking stations and 5,000 bicycles available in central London.
The scheme is also informally called the Boris Bike scheme after mayor Boris Johnson, who was in office at the time the scheme opened to the public.
Johnson claims to have initiated the scheme,despite it being announced by his predecessor Ken Livingstone during his term in office. Boris Johnson has said that he "hoped the bikes would become as common as black cabs and red buses in the capital".
The project initially covered about 17 square miles (44 square kilometres) of central London (covering the whole of the City of London and parts of eight London boroughs) and will cost an estimated £140 million (more than £20,000 per available bike) over six years. It is expected to pay for itself over time. Barclays' contribution is £25 million.
The bicycles and the docking stations are built in Canada and are based on Bixi, Montreal's bicycle rental system.
Fitzrovia, Wells Street docking station being installed. Over 500,000 bicycle trips were made within the first six weeks of the launch of the scheme.