Use of 'Boris Bikes' plummets

The Green Party claims the number 'Boris Bikes' hired in September dropped by 32% compared to the same month last year.

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Safer roads may encourage cycling growth in London

The steep decline in numbers using the cycle hire scheme and therefore the revenue raised from user fees poses questions over whether this heavily subsidised operation is really offering good value for money for the London taxpayer.

It may be that the drop in cycle hire usage reflects a dip in the growth of cycling more broadly across London, but the Mayor can address both problems by working with TfL to make our roads safer for cyclists and encouraging the uptake of cycling in our city, including on hire bikes.

– Darren Johnson AM, Green Party

Jump in Londoners not renewing bike membership

  • The number of cycle hires in September this year has decreased by 32% year-on-year
  • In January 2013 cycle hire scheme access fees increased from £1 to £2 per day, £5 to £10 a week and £45 to £95 a year
  • A TfL report based shows there has been ‘an increase in those saying that they will not renew their membership when it runs out; up to 20 per cent from eight per cent in June 2012’

Source: TfL/


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