Spring 2012 launch for London Cycle Hire east expansion

CYCLE hire bosses have confirmed the scheme will be expanded into east London by spring 2012.

Transport for London announced last year the bikes would be available from sites across Tower Hamlets before the 2012 Olympics.

And today it was announced the launch date would be brought forward ahead of the Games.

There will be a high concentration of docking stations at Canary Wharf, Wapping and on the Isle of Dogs, as well as areas like Bethnal Green, Bow and Mile End.

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London’s Transport Advisor, said: “One of the best things about Barclays Cycle Hire has been the number of cyclists who have told me how the bikes have made a positive change to their life, as well as their commute.

“Users say they feel healthier, fitter and invigorated when they reach their destination.”

Altogether 2,000 more cycles and 4,200 extra docking points will be installed across the existing and new Barclays Cycle Hire area when the next phase of expansion of the scheme is complete.

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There are now almost 110,000 members and casual users of the scheme, which launched in central London last summer.

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