Santander Cycles is heading to Brixton after Lambeth council agreed to pay for seven new docking stations, providing space for up to 200 bikes, to be installed.
The council will contribute £750,000 of the Local Implementation Plan grant it receives from Transport for London to pay for the rollout while operating costs will be met through TfL as part of its existing contracts with scheme operators Serco.
The scheme already covers Stockwell and Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Housing & Environment, says expanding it further into the borough “helps to make people fitter and healthier, reduces the congestion on our roads that is contributing to such poor air quality, and reduces the burden on other forms of public transport.”
Mayor Sadiq Khan added: “We’re working hard to make cycling more accessible across London and this will make a real difference to those living in, working in or visiting Brixton. It’s another step forward in our work to improve air quality and the health of all Londoners.”
The scheme is sponsored by Santander bank which has been working with TfL to expand its reach and appeal and has invested heavily in new laser lights to boost rider safety.
Chief Marketing Officer Keith Moor said: “We are delighted to see the roll out of Santander cycles to Brixton residents, further fulfilling our commitment to help people and communities prosper.
“More and more people are using the cycles, which provide a quick and easy way to travel around the city and really enjoy London life.”