The new Santander Cycles have been hired more than 25,000* times, since they rolled onto the capital’s streets at the start of the month – 30 per cent more than the average hire rate per bike per day. Over 250 new Santander Cycles have already joined Transport for London’s (TfL’s) flagship cycle hire scheme, with thousands set to join over the next few years.
The bikes have been built by England’s longest established cycle manufacturer, Pashley Cycles in Stratford-upon-Avon and have been designed to be easier to ride and maintain. The new cycles offer riders improved handling, visibility and comfort, with a new gel saddle, lower frame, tyres with puncture prevention, new gear hub and improved front and rear Blaze lighting. The cycles also feature a new technology platform, CyTek, which includes inbuilt bluetooth and the capacity for GPS technology, which will allow the performance of the bikes to be recorded.
Last year was a record-breaking year for Santander Cycles with an unprecedented 10.3m hires – 4.4 per cent up on 2015. This year there have been more than 9.4m hires, with six of the ten months beating year-on-year records for the number of journeys being made. Last month was the best October on record for the scheme, with just under one million hires.