Hire a Boris Bike… and cycle around London

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Address:
The City, London

Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
8th October 2018 31st December 2019 Every day
Bikes are available 24 hours a day (but must be returned within 24 hours)
Tickets & Cost:
The access fee is £2 for 24 hours (that's just to release the bike). Then you pay a usage charge depending on how long you use it for
The first 30 minutes are always free, and you pay an extra £2 for every 30 minutes after that (or part thereof)
See tfl.gov.uk for more information

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Getting to The City

Driving:
Petrol stations and car parks near The City
Taxis:
Taxi companies near The City
Buses:
4, 8, 11, 15, 21, 23, 25, 26, 42, 43, 47, 48, 76, 78, 100, 133, 141, 149, 242, RV1 – London bus tickets
Trains:
Bank CNT DLR NRN W&C, Cannon Street CRC DSC, Mansion House CRC DSC, Monument CRC DSC, Moorgate CRC H&C MET NRN
The closest station to The City is Bank
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Train journey to The City
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Hotels:
Hotels near The City

This won't be everybody's cup of tea... but if hiring a bike and weaving your way in and out of the busy London traffic sounds like your idea of fun, then how about riding a bike for a few hours?

London has a network of hire bikes spread all over the city which have affectionally become known as 'Boris Bikes', after the Mayor of London who introduced them (Boris Johnson, who was himself a well-known cyclist). Their official name is the much less interesting Barclays Cycle Hire. I suppose we should all be calling them 'Sadiq Bikes' now, or 'Sadiq Cycles', after the new Mayor, but that doesn't have the same ring to it somehow.

They are totally self-service and there's no need to book. All you have to do is walk up to one of the bike racks and insert your credit/debit card into the machine at the end (they don't accept cash).

The bike racks are spread all over London -- there are 700 racks and over 10,000 bikes, so you are never very far from one. Most of the big streets have one, plus most of the attractions and tube stations. The idea is that you pick up a bike, and then can cycle off to wherever you need to go, and then drop it off at the next one.

You can ask a question about the Boris Bikes on the forum. Or maybe you'd like to add your own review, and let other people know what it was like?

Note: You must be over-18 to hire a bike, and over-14 to ride them. You need to provide your own cycle helmet as well. You can keep the bike for a maximum of 24 hours, but that's it -- if you don't return it after 24 hours then the late return fees are extremely steep -- £150! If you damage the bike, or don't return it at all, then you will be charged even more -- £300. So don't leave it in the street for chrissakes, because they have your bank card, remember -- they will automatically deduce the fee off it.

We also have some information about a guided bike tour around London, if you'd rather try that instead (...safety in numbers!). And you can always settle for a simple sightseeing bus.

 

 Guest – “After Brexit you can't call them Boris bikes any longer! Also it was the labour parties idea before he got in as mayor!”

Admin – “Thats what people call them... so thats what we call them”

> Talk about Boris Bike Hire In London

> Craig’s review of The City – “I thought I'd just hang around The City today, the so-called "Square Mile". That's the bit inside the old city walls where all the big banks and financial institutions live. If you want to make some new friends then try catching the tube from Waterloo to Bank at half-8 in the morning -- when all the bleary-eyed businessmen and women are bustling off to work.… continued”

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