A new generation of Santander bicycles are being launched in the capital.
The first of the new and improved bikes, pictured, have already hit the streets, with thousands more due to grace the London roads over the next few years.
The new bicycles are part of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s attempt to decrease motorised traffic and increase the number of people using more sustainable, active modes of transportation. Users will benefit from a range of modifications including a lower frame, a new “gel saddle”, more robust tyres and better handling, safety and comfort.
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “Santander Cycles are a brilliant way for all abilities to experience cycling around London.
“They’ve become a real icon of the capital’s streets, appealing to commuters 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 continue to 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.
“Ahead of joining London’s streets, the upgraded bikes have undergone robust tests, including mountain bike testing.”
Santander Cycles are being used at an increasing rate year upon year. Last year the bikes were hired 10.3million times, 4.4 per cent up on 2015. This year there have been more than 8.7million hires, with five of the nine months reaching unprecedented figures for the number of hires being made.