Brixton has welcomed the arrival of Santander Cycles

Posted: 13 February 2018 | | No comments yet

Cycling for tens of thousands of Londoners has been made easier, as the Santander Cycles scheme extends to Brixton after seeing 104 million hires in 2017…

Brixton has welcomed the arrival of Santander Cycles

Brixton, Lambeth has opened seven docking stations with 200 new Santander Cycles, making cycling easier and more accessible in the district.

“This is something we’ve been working on for a long time with TfL as we continue to make it as easy as possible to cycle around Lambeth,” said Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Environment & Housing. “The borough is fast becoming the most cycle-friendly in London and this is another way people can start travelling more ‘actively’, improving health and wellbeing, and contributing to cleaner air – something we’re particularly passionate about. Lambeth also provides cycle training, has a great and improving network of safe cycling routes, a free try before you bike scheme and hundreds of cycle hangers to help with bike storage.”

Santander Cycles is one of the most popular cycle hire schemes in Europe and the expansion builds on January 2018 being the most popular January on record with more than 645,000 hires.

The new Santander Cycles, built by Pashley Cycles, provide improved handling, visibility and comfort with a new gel saddle, lower frame, new gear hub and improved Blaze lighting.

The scheme is available across London, from Brixton to Camden and Hammersmith to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“I have no doubt that the bright red bikes will quickly become a familiar sight across Brixton, as they help tens of thousands more Londoners and visitors travel easily across the area,” said Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. “It’s yet another boost for our record-breaking scheme and for our work to make cycling more accessible, improve London’s air quality and tackle congestion.”

Encouraging people to cycle is one of the key components of the Mayor’s draft Transport Strategy, which aims to make London a healthier, greener and more accessible place by investing in, and enabling greater use of, public transport and active travel.