02 Aug '11, 9am

Happy birthday Boris Bikes! 6 million journeys& no serious injuries. Who says cycling in London is perilous? @treehugger

Happy birthday Boris Bikes! 6 million journeys& no serious injuries. Who says cycling in London is perilous? @treehugger

In fact it has been such a success that an extension to the network has just been announced: to parts of the east, west and south of the city. A total of 4,200 docking points and 2,000 new bikes will be introduced by 2013. Barclays have increased their sponsorship by an additional £25 million, and extended their deal to 2018. Although many have deplored the commercialization of the scheme, even with this influx of money the rental scheme is expected to lose £10 million in its first year, and is unlikely to break even any time soon. As for wear and tear, 100 Boris bikes need to be repaired every day. However, with 20,000 trips made a day, this isn't too bad. The operator has a team of 15 mechanics patching them up. It would seem that most damage is due to the increase in casual users who are not so cycle-wise. Photo: B. Alter It's not perfect: the docking stations are often...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/boris-bicycles-on...

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