Lycra at the ready south London: The Santander Cycles scheme is expanding to Brixton later this year

Rebecca Smith
The cycling scheme's popularity is still pedalling away
The cycling scheme's popularity is still pedalling away (Source: TfL)

Good news for cycling fans in south London as Boris bikes are coming to Brixton later this year.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced today that the Santander Cycles scheme is branching out in a bid to make cycling more accessible for "tens of thousands more Londoners".

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Seven new docking stations will be installed across Brixton after funding was agreed with Lambeth Council, bringing the total number of docking stations within the scheme to more than 780, with 11,500 bikes.

The Brixton docking stations will provide space for up to 200 bikes, and the development expands the cycle hire scheme's reach further south from Stockwell.

The specific locations of the new docking points will be confirmed later this year.

(Source: TfL)

The mayor said:

I’m thrilled that we are expanding our iconic cycle hire scheme to Brixton.

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.

Later this summer, Transport for London also plans to bring out a new bike for Santander Cycles, made by Pashley, that will feature smaller wheels, a new gear hub, and a more comfortable seat.

It comes after eight new docking stations were installed at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last year, as Santander Cycles' popularity continues to grow since its launch in July 2010. Last year, a record 10.3m hires were made, a rise of 4.4 per cent on 2015.

The initiative, which allows people to hire bikes from £2 a day for an unlimited number of 30 minute journeys, was introduced under former mayor Boris Johnson. Santander took over as the main sponsor of the bikes from Barclays in 2015.

The scheme now spans Hammersmith in the west, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the east, Camden in the north, and Brixton in the south.

The capital's walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman said Santander Cycles were "a great way to get all abilities cycling".

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