To celebrate six years of the city-wide London cycle scheme, Transport for London (TfL) and Santander are making Santander Cycles free to use for the weekend of August 13 and 14.
For the first time a shareable code will be publicised which, when entered into the Santander Cycles app or docking station terminal, will provide free access to the cycles with all journeys up to 30 minutes completely free. The code will be valid from 00:00 on Saturday August 13 to 23:59 on Sunday August 14.
Since the launch of London’s cycle hire scheme in July 2010 more than 52 million journeys have been made on the cycles.
The scheme has grown from 6,000 bikes to 11,500 bikes and there are now more than 785 docking stations with 21,083 docking points across London – covering from Camden Town in the north to Battersea in the south and from Stratford in the east to Shepherd’s Bush in the west.
The sixth anniversary comes as Santander Cycles celebrates both a record-breaking weekend and month for hires. The weekend of July 30 and 31, when Prudential RideLondon was held, saw an unprecedented 92,527 hires, beating the previous record from May this year of 89,833.
July saw a record 1,188,428 bikes hired, beating the previously highest month of July 2014 when 1,183,182 bikes were hired.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Our cycle hire scheme here in London has been a huge success, with record numbers now using the bikes. The scheme has played an important role in encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to cycle and it has allowed Londoners and tourists to get around the Capital and see new parts of our great city.
“I hope that this free weekend of cycling gets even more people enjoying cycling, encouraging Londoners to make it part of their everyday lives.”