05 Aug '11, 4pm

London's bike sharing scheme had 6 million journeys in its first year.

London's mass cycle hire scheme is to expand into new parts of the city following a first year of operation which saw more than six million journeys using the distinctive, blue-and-grey bikes. The expansion was announced by London's mayor, Boris Johnson, at an event before this weekend's anniversary of the scheme, modelled on similar systems in Paris and elsewhere, and the biggest public cycling project in the UK. FURTHER READING Obama to announce new fuel efficiency standards London expands low-carbon taxi fleet The London version was launched amid gloomy predictions of possible indifference, mass vandalism and theft, and likely carnage as many thousands of inexperienced, helmet-less cyclists took to the capital's busy streets. More or less all of these have been prove wrong. Bike use has peaked at almost 30,000 trips a day, and while there have been a small number of min...

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