Those who are frequent users can register online to get an access key for the service. The key costs £3 and speeds up the rental process, but most tourists will probably just walk up to the racks and swipe a credit card to unlock some pedal power and initiate the rental.
As of now there is an access fee of £1 per day—you can get a week long pass for just £5—and after that it’s just £1 for the first hour of biking around the city. Taking the bike out for 90 minutes will set you back £4, so you might want to switch bikes at one of the rental racks before biking around the city. If you keep your rental for the whole day, you’re looking at almost $100, so just remember to switch it up.
The first 30 minutes are free, so if you’re looking to travel on the cheap, frequent returns and rentals could score you a freebie for much of the day. The program has been going well since the summer, and it looks like the latest plan for expansion will head towards the eastern portions of the city. London is looking to spend millions on the project over the next few years, so we only expect things to improve as time goes on.
· Barclays Cycle Hire [Official Site]
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