The next generation of Santander Cycles have arrived in London.
The first of the new bikes have rolled onto the capital’s streets, with thousands set to join TfL’s flagship cycle hire scheme over the next few years.
The new cycles will offer riders improved handling, safety and comfort, with a new gel saddle, lower frame, tyres with puncture prevention, new gear hub, improved front and rear Blaze lighting, and bluetooth.
The bikes have been built by England’s longest established cycle manufacturer, Pashley Cycles in Stratford-upon-Avon, as part of an industrial team assembled by scheme operators Serco. They have been designed to be easier to ride and maintain, meaning more cycles will be available to hire more often and reduce maintenance costs.