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Clive Phillips Barclays Cycle Hire

Cycling is a great way to see London and you can hire a bike from just £2 for 24 hours, which includes unlimited journeys of under 30 minutes. Watch and share Clive’s London Story as he tells us about how he helps to keep London’s cycle hire scheme running smoothly. Enjoy the freedom to travel at your own pace and you’ll never be far from a docking station. Choose from Transport for London’s fantastic cycle routes or just get out there and explore this buzzing, 24 hour city. Clive has seen many things on his travels around London including a very special Royal lady…

About Barclays Cycle Hire

London's public bike sharing scheme is available 24/7, 365 days a year. There are more than 10,000 bikes and over 700 bike docking stations across the city to help you get around quickly and easily. The scheme recently expanded to southwest London so now you can saddle up anywhere from Shepherds Bush to Canary Wharf and Wandsworth Town to Camden Town.

The "Boris bikes" (nick-named after London's Mayor Boris Johnson) are available to hire at the terminal with a bank card – just touch the screen and follow the instructions to begin. Getting started is easy – simply hire a bike, ride it where you like, then return it to any of the hundreds of docking stations across the city.

Costs start from £2 for 24 hour bike access which includes unlimited journeys of under 30 minutes.If you keep a bike for longer than 30 minutes, you will incur extra ride charges which increase the longer you keep the bike. Remember if you aren’t using a bike – dock it back. You can hire as many times as you like within the bike access period you have purchased.

If you are looking for inspiration, Transport for London has created some bike rides around London. The easy to follow, self-guided routes will help you discover London’s hidden gems by bike. There are also cycle paths in many of London’s parks including Regents Park and Hyde park.

Visit TfL's Barclays Cycle Hire web page to find out more, get maps and cycle routes and keep up to date with bike availability at your nearest docking station for hiring and returning the bikes.

There is also a Barclays Bikes app available on iOS and Android which shows the docking station locations and bike and docking station availability. You can follow the scheme on Twitter too: @BarclaysCycle

When you've finished your journey, just drop the bike back to one of the many docking stations across London. Cycle Hire docking stations are located across nine London boroughs and in several Royal Parks in Central London.

If you want to hire a bike for a full day or longer, it may be cheaper to rent it from one of London's many bicycle hire companies.

Barclays Cycle Hire bike access fees

• £2 24 hours

• £10 7 days

• £90 yearly (only available to registered members)

Barclays Cycle Hire extra ride charges

• £1 from 30 minutes to 1 hour

• £4 up to 1hour 30 minutes

• £6 up to 2 hours

• £10 up to 2 hour 30 minutes

• £15 up to 3 hours

• £35 up to 6 hours

• £50 up to 24 hours

Other Charges

If you don't return your bike, or you bring it back late or damaged, you may be charged up to £300.

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