Santander Cycles ‘playing a key part’ in London’s Covid recovery

The increasing numbers of Londoners returning to the office helped contribute to a record September for the Santander Cycles scheme, according to TfL.

Statistics show there were 1,219,804 hires during September, an average of 40,660 daily hires.

This is ‘well above’ the 37,917 average daily hires in September last year and the 32,323 average in the three Septembers prior to the Covid pandemic.  

TfL says office workers returning after the summer holidays helped contribute to the record September. 

September saw the highest volume of Santander Cycles commuter hires since March 2020, with an average 7,573 daily hires made between 7am and 10am on weekdays. 

TfL says there has been a noticeable increase in people using the Waterloo and King’s Cross hubs, and docking stations located near National Rail stations.

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “Santander Cycles were a lockdown lifeline for many Londoners, so I’m delighted that the scheme is now playing a key part in London’s recovery from the pandemic. 

“Our record September hires echoes the wider trend of more Londoners choosing to cycle. 

“We are determined to do all we can to build on this further – including by introducing electric Santander Cycles to the network and expanding the scheme to new areas – to ensure a green and sustainable recovery for our city.”

07 October 2021