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London's cycle hire scheme offers 10,000 specially designed bikes that can be hired from over 700 docking stations across the city. After an initial fee, the first half-hour is free. Charges then start at £1 for up to an hour, going up to a maximum usage fee of £50 for 24 hours. However, as there are so many docking stations from which you can pick up your bike, then drop it off once your journey is over, the scheme is more suited to shorter commuting, sightseeing and getting around town journeys. There are maps at each docking station to help riders pinpoint their location and continue with their journeys. If you sign up as a London Cycle Hire Scheme member (from £2 for 24-hour to £90 for annual membership), you get a key (£3), which gives easier access to the bikes. The Transport for London website has a journey planner tool which suggests routes for your specified destinations. The scheme was only open to members initially but casual usage is now in operation. Barclays Cycle Hire accepts all major credit or debit cards but does not accept cash or Oyster.

Venue name: London Cycle Hire Scheme
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Opening hours: Available 24 hours a day
Price: All users must pay an initial access fee, then a usage fee. Access fee: £2 24 hours; £10 seven days; £90 annual (members only). Usage charges: free up to 30 mins; £1 up to one hour; then incremental increases up to £50 for 24 hours (maximum usage fee)

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harsh rosarian

The idea is good. The bikes were easy to ride. However 3 main problems. a) Difficulty ' unlocking' the bikes. It was not clear how to do this and someone had to show us how (it's not just me becasue when I docked my bike I had to help another couple get their bikes. b) Lack of signs showing which routes to cycle on. I ended up cycling on a pedestrian only route but there was nothing to indicate this. An extremely officious man told me it was not for bikes. He was quite rude and had I not been British and used to such petty officials it might have put me off being in the country. c) Buses 0r some drivers. They would pull right out when you tried to go past them and I felt quite vulnerable. Next time I'll research my route better and at least I'll know how to get the bike out first time y