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Boudica
13th July 2010, 14:00
I keep seeing the stands around the place, they have bottlenecked a street near us to install one...

must start writing essay and stop reading this board blah blah blah

TimberWolf
13th July 2010, 14:06
£1 for an hour :eek and an access fee :eek:

About Barclays Cycle Hire | Cycling | Transport for London (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/12444.aspx)

TimberWolf
13th July 2010, 14:08
Other charges:
Late return charge £150

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Moscow Mule
13th July 2010, 14:13
Other charges:
Late return charge £150

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If you'd like to cycle for longer than a couple of hours it might be cheaper for you to use a company that specialises in hiring bicycles.

Sounds like it!

centurian
13th July 2010, 14:40
Other charges:
Late return charge £150

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This is Barclays after all

Would be cheaper just to buy a bike. They don't exactly look like top-of-the-range machines...


EDIT : Maybe we need that as a board smiley

thunderlizard
13th July 2010, 14:43
Scheme only starts on 31st. I'll give it a go.

fullyautomatix
13th July 2010, 14:44
Needs to be drastically cheaper if they are serious about motivating the public to use cycles.

xchaotic
28th July 2010, 16:22
I went ahead and put my money in, I guess early adopters, just like with technology, have to pay extra and hopefully they will lower the prices soon enough...
Another problem is how the scheme is unsuitable for a lot of scenarios that I'd love to see - borrowing a bike for my SO for a weekend - that's a no go.

eliquant
28th July 2010, 16:26
I think its an 'up to £300 fine for any repair damages incurred'. What happens if you hire it, return it as found and some chav decides to smash it to peices with you being the last one that used it ???

TimberWolf
28th July 2010, 16:28
I think its an 'up to £300 fine for any repair damages incurred'. What happens if you hire it, return it as found and some chav decides to smash it to peices with you being the last one that used it ???

Take out insurance? Perhaps Barclays could flog that too?

stingman123
29th July 2010, 09:31
Peddle power or electric?

sasguru
29th July 2010, 12:19
IMHO its safer to use a motorbike in London than a pushbike.
You can keep up with traffic and be in the centre of the traffic flow where wveryone can see you rather than on the side where people sometimes don't.

TimberWolf
29th July 2010, 12:23
IMHO its safer to use a motorbike in London than a pushbike.
You can keep up with traffic and be in the centre of the traffic flow where wveryone can see you rather than on the side where people sometimes don't.

I've wondered the same thing, for one thing the slower you go, the more traffic that will pass you on a given journey. But last time I looked I couldn't find any decent accident statistics for bicyclists. I do see regular reports of serious injury and death of cyclists in the local rag though.

Moscow Mule
29th July 2010, 12:25
IMHO its safer to use a motorbike in London than a pushbike.
You can keep up with traffic and be in the centre of the traffic flow where wveryone can see you rather than on the side where people sometimes don't.

i can keep up with traffic most of the time on a pushbike!

sasguru
29th July 2010, 12:34
i can keep up with traffic most of the time on a pushbike!

Try that on the North-Circ!

TimberWolf
29th July 2010, 20:06
Cycle Hire Bikes Installed This Evening - Londonist (http://londonist.com/2010/07/cycle_hire_bikes_installed_this_eve.php?gallery0Pi c=6#gallery)

One day to go and Boris Johnson admits bike hire problems | News (http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23861388-one-day-to-go-and-boris-johnson-admits-bike-hire-problems.do)

The scheme doesn't look too bad on second look, if you use it regularly and not for more than 30 minutes at a time. And a few other ifs.

thunderlizard
1st August 2010, 22:09
Seen quite a few in use around the West End this weekend, and the tourists are taking lots of photos of them. It would be nice if it gets as iconic as the red bus.

OwlHoot
1st August 2010, 23:05
I think its an 'up to £300 fine for any repair damages incurred'. What happens if you hire it, return it as found and some chav decides to smash it to peices with you being the last one that used it ???

WHA

Also, if a London resident needs to hire a bike the chances are they don't own their own (although perhaps most would, given that they even contemplate the idea of hiring one). If not, that means they aren't used to cycling in heavy traffic, which in turn means they are more likely to have a prang. So I can see the bicycle accident/injury rate rising markedly if this scheme takes off.

Oh and also, do these bikes come with a helmet? Isn't that a legal requirement for cyclists these days? How do they account for peoples' different head sizes? And what if the last user had head lice or some ghastly infectious scalp disorder? :sick

Now if they made room for rows of smart cars for self-drive hire, or electric cars, that might be more practical. In a few years the hirer will be able to ditch the cars anywhere and leave them to drive themselves back to the docking station.

mudskipper
2nd August 2010, 06:04
WHA

Oh and also, do these bikes come with a helmet? Isn't that a legal requirement for cyclists these days?

Nope, cyclists don't have to wear helmets. Highway code suggests it, but it's not law.

TimberWolf
2nd August 2010, 07:39
It would be interesting to find out how successful it's been in Paris and Montreal and who uses the bikes. A regular commuter would presumably find it more convenient to own their own bike - overcapacity would be needed in the scheme to cater for people who rely on a bike being available without an excessive wait. I'd be tempted to use one if I went to London or Paris for touristy communing reasons though.