The fashion of the municipal rental bike It is spreading throughout Europe. After the success of places like Paris, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Rome, Lyon, Vienna, Luxembourg or Seville, London has just opened its own bicycle service.
The city hall of the British capital together with the London transport company -Transport for London- installed a total of 5,000 bicycles last Friday at 315 different stations that are concentrated in the city center. There have been so many requests from users who are already overwhelmed.
London during the last years has been a pioneer in its efforts to mitigate traffic jams and reduce the pollution of the city with fees to car users for entering according to what areas of central London. Now with the bicycle service, we also try to avoid the short journeys that are made in vehicles, as well as to decongest the subway and bus networks and also to promote sports among Londoners in the face of the 2012 Olympics.
The service costs one pound for one hour and works like in the other European cities where this service takes place. You take a bicycle at one of the stops and park at another of the network stops. If a user wishes to retain the bicycle throughout the day the cost would amount to 50 pounds. With this measure, without a doubt, the idea is to motivate people to use them for short trips.Practical advice
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To access the service you must contact Transport for London who will offer a key to unlock the bicycles of their car parks although more efficient and faster ways are studied such as the same use of the Oyster Card so useful for metro and bus services today . Unlike places like Barcelona, the use will also be open to foreigners.
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