Transport for London (TfL) and Santander are set to enhance the Santander Cycles scheme significantly, introducing 1,400 new e-bikes to the existing fleet, increasing the total to 2,000.
This expansion, available this summer, aims to make cycling a more accessible and sustainable option for Londoners, aligning with TfL’s ongoing efforts to improve and widen the scheme’s reach.
Additionally, a new £3 day pass will be launched in March, offering unlimited sub-30-minute rides, making it an economical choice for city travel. This introduction follows a record-breaking 6.75 million member hires in 2023, the highest since the scheme’s inception.
The initiative reflects TfL’s commitment, led by David Eddington, Head of Cycle Hire, to enhance London’s transport system’s efficiency and accessibility, encouraging more residents to opt for eco-friendly travel methods.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted that we’re adding a further 1,400 new e-bikes to the fleet, almost tripling the number available to hire.
The e-bikes have proved hugely popular since they were introduced and help break down the barriers that stop some people from cycling. The new day pass rate will also make Santander bikes one of the most affordable ways to travel in the capital.
“I’m determined to continue building a cleaner, greener and more prosperous London for everyone, and Santander Cycles plays a hugely important role in making active travel around the city as accessible as possible.”
David Eddington, TfL’s Head of Cycle Hire, said: ”Santander Cycles is a vital part of London’s transport system and we are constantly looking for ways to improve the scheme, as well as making it as accessible as we can. Santander Cycle e-bike usage in the capital is now more popular than ever so these additional e-bikes will allow more people to be able to access them.
“We’ve also listened to our customers regarding our fare tariff and are introducing a Day Pass to give people making multiple journeys in a day certainty about the overall cost of using the scheme.
“Santander Cycles has played an important role in encouraging more people to cycle and we look forward to seeing more Londoners making use of both the scheme’s e-bikes and mechanical bikes to ensure a greener and healthier future for everyone in London.”