MOVE AROUND LONDON RIDING A “BORIS BIKE”
Boris Bikes, so called in honour of Boris Johnson, mayor of London when they were introduced (although the plan to introduce them was developed by the previous mayor Ken Livingstone), are part of a Bike Sharing system now managed by Santander Cycles, which make bikes available in different positions around London.
If you are not scared of traffic, of left side driving and of the unpredictable London weather, this is surely a very funny, cheap and ecological way to move around the capital.
Mind you. I would recommend this service only for short journeys. The reason? Their cost!
Boris Bikes are a cheap way to travel short distances around London
The Boris Bikes are ideal for short journeys, and are especially recommended if you want to take a ride within one of London’s big parks such as Hyde Park or Regent’s Park, along one of the many cycle routes along the Thames or in quiet and green areas such as Holland Park and Chelsea.
The price to hire a “Boris Bike”
In order to hire a bike, all you need is a credit card to pay the basic fare (currently £2 for 24 hours) at one of the many docking stations you can find around London.
If your journey is less than 30 minutes, you won’t be charged any extra. Otherwise you will be charged an extra fee; currently an additional £4 for one and a half hours, £10 for up to two and a half hours.
At the docking stations you will find a map where your location and the immediate neighborhoods are indicated, so you can figure out the position of other docking stations which can be found within 30 minutes.
Once you’ve reached your destination, park your bike and wait for the green light to switch on; this indicates the end of your journey. In case you don’t find a space to park at the docking station, all you need to do is to press “no docking point free” on the touch screen and you’ll be given 15 extra minutes to reach the next bike sharing dock station.
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