Get on your (smarter) bike

STATE-OF-THE-ART HIRE CY­CLES LAUNCHED IN LONDON

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by KATY CLIFTON katy.clifton@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Katy_Clifton1

THE next gen­er­a­tion of San­tander Cy­cles – kit­ted out with an all-new de­sign and in­no­va­tive smart tech­nol­ogy – ar­rived in London on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 30.

The new bikes, which of­fer im­proved han­dling, have rolled onto the cap­i­tal’s streets, with thou­sands set to join Trans­port for London’s cy­cle hire scheme over the next few years.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mayor of London the new cy­cles of­fer rid­ers im­proved safety and com­fort, with a new gel sad­dle, lower frame, tyres with punc­ture pre­ven­tion, im­proved Blaze light­ing and Blue­tooth.

Pash­ley Cy­cles built the new bikes, which have been de­signed to be eas­ier to ride and main­tain – mean­ing they will be avail­able to hire more of­ten at re­duced main­te­nance costs.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “It’s great news that the first of our brand-new cy­cle hire bikes have ar­rived on London’s streets.

“Tens of thou­sands of Lon­don­ers and tourists en­joy us­ing the bikes to get around our city ev­ery day, so by mak­ing them more com­fort­able and ma­noeu­vrable we’re hop­ing they’ll be even more pop­u­lar.

“That’s good for our health, our air qual­ity and for tack­ling con­ges­tion.”

Last year was a record-break­ing year for San­tander Cy­cles, with an un­prece­dented 10.3 mil­lion hires – 4.4% up from 2015 hires.

This year there have been more than 8.7 mil­lion hires, with five of the nine months beat­ing year-on-year records for the num­ber of jour­neys be­ing made.

Will Nor­man, London’s walk­ing and cy­cling com­mis­sioner, said the bikes are a “bril­liant way for all abil­i­ties to ex­pe­ri­ence cy­cling”.

He added: “The bikes have be­come a real icon of the cap­i­tal’s streets, ap­peal­ing to com- muters and vis­i­tors, so I’m re­ally pleased that we can make them even eas­ier to use.

“I have no doubt that th­ese up­graded bikes are go­ing to help us break more records and en­cour­age even more peo­ple to take to two wheels.”

Serco will main­tain the cy­cles, as well as dis­trib­ute them around London en­sur­ing that dock­ing sta­tions are full.

The new cy­cles have in­built Blue­tooth and the ca­pac­ity for GPS tech­nol­ogy, which will al­low Serco to record the per­for­mance of the bikes.

Bri­tish start-up com­pany Blaze has helped trans­form the lights on the new bikes, which in­clude a new brighter brake light and greatly en­hanced Blaze Laserlight at the front with 180° vis­i­bil­ity.

Lucy Cooper, the part­ner­ships man­ager at London Cy­cling Cam­paign, said: “The San­tander Cy­cle Hire scheme has been a huge suc­cess.

“Cy­cling is an ef­fi­cient and healthy way to move around London, es­pe­cially on the new cy­cle high­ways, and San­tander Cy­cles en­able many more Lon­don­ers to en­joy the ben­e­fits.”

IMAGES: TRANS­PORT FOR LONDON

The all-new San­tander Cy­cles were un­veiled in London last week

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