London’s cycle hire scheme has now expanded to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Eight new docking stations have been installed adjacent to some of the park’s most popular attractions, including the London Aquatics Centre, Lee Valley VeloPark and the ArcelorMittal Orbit.“Expanding the cycle scheme to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will allow more people to see just how fun, rewarding and easy it is to use a Santander Cycle.”
As well being able to explore the park by bike, locals and visitors will enjoy easy access to Cycle Superhighway 2 which links the park to Whitechapel and Aldgate.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “It is fantastic to see our iconic cycle hire scheme spread its wings to the glorious setting of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
“The scheme has developed beyond recognition since it first started, with millions of miles ridden by cyclists of all ages and abilities.
“By successfully expanding further east, TfL is giving even more people the chance to get around on our trusty red bikes.
“It’s a real boost for commuters, shoppers and tourists, and another shot in the arm for booming east London.”
Last year high street bank Santander signed a £43m, seven-year deal to take over from Barclays as the scheme’s naming partner and sponsor.
The scheme has since gained a new smartphone app which includes the ability to plan routes around the capital and last month the bank agreed to underwrite the costs of fitting new safety lights to the entire fleet of 11,500 hire bikes.
Commenting on the scheme’s expansion to the Olympic park, Santander’s Keith Moor said: “We’re absolutely committed to growing and developing Santander Cycles together with TfL by making more cycles available, providing more docking stations and offering extra benefits in future to give Londoners and visitors to the Capital the best possible experience.
“Expanding the cycle scheme to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will allow more people to see just how fun, rewarding and easy it is to use a Santander Cycle.”