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1,400 new e-bikes and day pass as TfL moves to boost London cycle hire

Deniz Huseyin
08 February 2024
Since their launch in 2022, Santander e-bikes have generated double the number of hires of the ‘classic’ hire bikes
Since their launch in 2022, Santander e-bikes have generated double the number of hires of the ‘classic’ hire bikes

Transport for London (TfL) and?Santander’s electric bike hire fleet is to increase from 600 to 2,000 this summer. Alongside this, a £3 day pass will be introduced in March allowing unlimited journeys under 30 minutes all day. Hires longer than 30 minutes incur an extra £1.65 for each additional 30 minutes

Following feedback from Santander Cycles users,?customers indicated a new tariff structure would encourage more people to try the scheme, said TfL.

Since its launch in 2022, the Santander e-bikes fleet has generated more than 750,000 e-bike hires, double the number of hires per bike per day compared with the ‘ classic’ hire bike. The electric bikes can be docked at any of the scheme’s 800 docking stations.

The membership prices for Santander Cycles will remain at £20 per month or £120 a year, which allows customers unlimited 60-minute rides and an additional fare for e-bikes of £1. Members will be able to hire the new Day Pass through the mobile app or with their member key. Customers will also be able to hire with the Day Pass at the terminals with a bank card.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “The e-bikes have proved hugely popular since they were introduced and help break down the barriers that stop some people from cycling. The new day pass rate will also make Santander bikes one of the most affordable ways to travel in the capital.

“I'm determined to continue building a cleaner, greener and more prosperous London for everyone, and Santander Cycles plays a hugely important role in making active travel around the city as accessible as possible.”

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