The Mayor of London will today released 101 limited-edition yellow Boris bikes to mark the 100 days until the Tour de France comes to London. The bikes will be available until the Tour arrives on the 7th of July in London.
The Mayor is set to announce the winning boroughs of his flagship "mini-Holland" initiative today.
The shortlisted boroughs are Bexley, Ealing, Enfield, Kingston, Merton and Newham, Richmond and Waltham Forest.
100 million pounds will be invested to local communities and help make them as cycle-friendly as their Dutch equivalents.
Findings over the effects of the London cycle-hire scheme have been "reassuring", according to a scientist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who carried out a study to see the impact of Boris bikes. Dr Anna Goldman added:
When the cycle hire scheme was introduced, there were widespread concerns that increasing the number of inexperienced cyclists in central London would lead to higher injury rates.
Our findings are reassuring, as we found no evidence of this. On the contrary, our findings suggest that the scheme has benefited the health of Londoners and that cycle hire users are certainly not at higher risk than other cyclists.
London’s bicycle sharing system has more positive health impacts than negative effects, according to a new report. Research by the British Medical Journal revealed that Boris Bikes has had the greatest impact on older users.
Scientists balanced improvements to health from the physical activity of bike riding with the potentially harmful effects of physical injury and inhaling traffic fumes.
Between April 2011 and March 2012, 7.4 million cycle hire trips were made by 57,607 users.
The results of the computer modelling study found that the benefits far outweighed the harms, at least when looking at injury rates for people riding Boris bikes.
Many commuters switched to using the capital's bike hire scheme to get to and from work.
Barclays Cycle Hire journeys were up by 50% yesterday, with almost 30,000 hires.
The same trend has been seen today, with over 11,000 hires by 10am.
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Just days after it emerged Barclays will not be renewing its sponsorship of the Cycle Hire Scheme, the Mayor and Transport for London announce 2000 news bikes over 150 new docking stations.
– Graeme Craig, Transport for London
In recognition of the growing demand for cycling expenditure, TfL is to seek new commercial partners to add significant sponsorship income to the £913 million already devoted to cycling.
There will be no reduction in public funds spent on the cycling programme, which have been entirely protected from the cuts in the Comprehensive Spending Review and Autumn Statement.
Barclays remains committed to the sponsorship agreement signed in 2010, but the bank and TfL have decided not to take up the option to extend it.