Santander Cycles improvements ‘to make cycling more accessible to everyone’

Santander Cycle Hire e-bikes. Image: TfL

TfL has announced that 1,400 new e-bikes – as well as a new day pass tariff – are being introduced as part of ‘significant improvements’ to the Santander Cycles scheme.

Since their introduction in 2022, more than 750,000 e-bike hires have taken place, with double the number of hires per bike per day compared to classic bikes.

As a result, the Santander e-bikes fleet is expanding from the current 600 bikes to 2,000 bikes in a bid to boost capacity.

Meanwhile, following feedback from Santander Cycles users, TfL is introducing a new day pass as a ‘more economical way to use the service’.

The pass will be available from Sunday 3 March and ‘will provide excellent value to customers’, with a daily rate of £3 for unlimited hires up to 30 minutes within 24 hours.

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, said: “I’m delighted that we’re adding a further 1,400 new e-bikes to the fleet, almost tripling the number available to hire. 

“The e-bikes have proved hugely popular since they were introduced and help break down the barriers that stop some people from cycling. The new day pass rate will also make Santander bikes one of the most affordable ways to travel in the capital. 

“I’m determined to continue building a cleaner, greener and more prosperous London for everyone, and Santander Cycles plays a hugely important role in making active travel around the city as accessible as possible.”

23 January 2024