London bike hire scheme extended in the East End

The mayor of London stepped his bike hire service up a gear on Thursday when he launched the expansion of the scheme into the outer borders of the East End.

Boris Johnson headed to Roman Road Market to officially open a new docking stations on Hewison Street.

Bikes can now be picked up across the length and breadth of Tower Hamlets, with dozens of stations set up in Spitalfields, Whitechapel, Bethnal Green and Stepney in the west of the borough, to Bow, Limehouse and the Isle of Dogs further east.

Transport for London said 2,300 of the bikes would be available across the borough, at 2,700 docking points.

Mr Johnson said the bikes have “changed the face of London” and made the capital “more attractive to visitors.”

But the Green party’s mayoral candidate Jenny Jones criticised the scheme for not extending to the Olympic Park itself.

The project, sponsored by Barclays, is now up-and-running across central London and stretches up to Camden in the north, White City in the west and Kennington in the south.

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Mr Johnson also spent the morning talking to traders in the market.

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