Pricing of London Bike Hire Scheme

MQT on 2010-06-09
Session date: 
June 9, 2010
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In comparison with other European cities the annual fee for the London Bike Hire Scheme is prohibitively expensive (London £45, Paris €29, Dublin €10, Barcelona €24 and Norway 60 NOK approx £6.43) Will you acknowledge that this will disadvantage many Londoners who will not be able to afford this excessive rate?


Answer for Pricing of London Bike Hire Scheme

Answer for Pricing of London Bike Hire Scheme

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Barclays Cycle Hire will be an inexpensive and desirable way to travel, particularly in comparison to other modes of public transport in London.

The annual membership is an extremely attractive and cost effective option for customers who use the scheme regularly. Annual membership provides access to the cycles for approximately 12 pence a day, and this includes the first 30 minutes of any journey being free of any usage charges.

Members also receive a chip enabled membership key, so that they can have the convenience of undocking a cycle straight from a docking point, without having to use the terminal.