Free Barclays Cycle Hire keys: Free until 30th Sept (£2 fee)
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Free Barclays Cycle Hire keys: Free until 30th Sept (£2 fee)

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Found 16th Sep 2014
This is my first post, so if I have made an obvious error go easy and I will rectify it for future posts.

When you sign up online - TfL will waive the £3 key fee for all new Pay As You Pedal members registering online from 00.01 on Saturday 6 September to 23.59 on Tuesday 30 September 2014

Barclays Cycle Hire is London's bike sharing scheme for short journeys. Costs start from £2 for 24-hour bike access which includes all journeys under 30 minutes.

You don't have to be a member to use Barclays Cycle Hire. But if you're a regular it makes sense because you get your own key to use directly at the docking points, giving you quicker access to the bikes.

What is Pay As You Pedal membership?

With Pay As You Pedal membership there is no yearly bike access fee as you only pay for the bikes when you use them. You get your own key for quicker hire and we automatically charge £2 for 24-hour bike access whenever you take out your first bike of the day with all journeys under 30 minutes included. If you use a bike for longer than 30 minutes, extra ride charges will apply.

When you register your details online, select 24-hour bike access, then select the box to become a Pay As You Pedal member.

You will be charged £2 for your first 24-hour bike access fee when you register. This means when you hire your first bike, you won't be charged.

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Had a look at these a couple of weeks ago when I was visiting London. Looks a good idea but gets expensive fast if you want to cycle around the parks rather than just point a to b.

Extra ride charges

(if you keep a bike for 30 minutes or longer, you pay extra ride charges)
Up to 1 hour
£1
Up to 1 hour 30 minutes
£4
Up to 2 hours
£6
Up to 2 hours 30 minutes
£10
Up to 3 hours
£15
Up to 6 hours
£35
Up to 24 hours
£50
Edited by: "oddballjamie" 16th Sep 2014

I just think the cost of the bike hire is way too expensive.....with the cost of hire and the dangerous roads in London there isn't much incentive for people to ride a bike which would help peoples health and the environment.

oddballjamie

Had a look at these a couple of weeks ago when I was visiting London. … Had a look at these a couple of weeks ago when I was visiting London. Looks a good idea but gets expensive fast if you want to cycle around the parks rather than just point a to b.Extra ride charges(if you keep a bike for 30 minutes or longer, you pay extra ride charges)Up to 1 hour £1Up to 1 hour 30 minutes £4Up to 2 hours £6Up to 2 hours 30 minutes £10Up to 3 hours £15Up to 6 hours £35Up to 24 hours £50



Did Camelot pick those prices from one of their lotto machines. Dey weird.

I live just on the outskirts of London but everything is ever available for London IMHO. UK does not know the concept of suburbanisation. Imagine everyone in the US is stacked into NYC, Boston or any larger cities over there?

Don't even get me started on the salary divide...

chouglez

I live just on the outskirts of London but everything is ever available … I live just on the outskirts of London but everything is ever available for London IMHO. UK does not know the concept of suburbanisation. Imagine everyone in the US is stacked into NYC, Boston or any larger cities over there? Don't even get me started on the salary divide...


Go to uni get a good education then you will get a decent job and the salary divide won't affect you.
The reason things are cheap is because of PPH (price per head).

So if you go over 30 minutes , there some ridicoulus chage ,like the banks ?

The charges never used to be that high!

Most journeys will be free ie under 30min. You can then visit/ shop/ work etc and then take another free hire bike and so on all day if you like.
A bit like redialing on bt before you reach a hours call.
There is a minimum gap between hires ( I think 15 mins)

To be honest charges are way less than hiring a bike for the day. The best way to use it is as above. Ride to where you want to go and drop off. Look at something on foot then grab another and go to your next point of interest. Will cost nothing on top of your daily £2 which is a bargain for London as a single tube journey without an Oyster will cost more than double this.

As a cyclist myself I rarely use the hire bikes but on the odd occasion I have they've been OK.

iamthegr81

I just think the cost of the bike hire is way too expensive.....with the … I just think the cost of the bike hire is way too expensive.....with the cost of hire and the dangerous roads in London there isn't much incentive for people to ride a bike which would help peoples health and the environment.



Is this better?
https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/northsouth/user_uploads/output_lw8qlb.gif

Have your say on a new segregated North-South Cycle Superhighway between Elephant & Castle and King's Cross
Have your say on a new segregated East-West Cycle Superhighway through central London

Made easier using the cycle hire app before you set off so you know where the nearest dock is at your destination.
In the occasional event there are no docking spaces when you finish, you can simply extend for 15 minutes and it won't overcharge you.

The pricing is designed to protect availability - you're meant to cycle from A to B, drop the bike off, do what you need to do, then get another to go to point C. You're not meant to get a bike and keep it with you the entire day. If pricing was more reasonable, you'd see these bikes chained up outside shops and tourist attractions for hours on end. They would then need a lot more bikes to meet demand.

postyn17

Go to uni get a good education then you will get a decent job and the … Go to uni get a good education then you will get a decent job and the salary divide won't affect you.The reason things are cheap is because of PPH (price per head).

Wow !! That so simple! Hey everyone! Go to Uni for a decent education; then find a decent job so you don't have to worry about a low salary! Genius, pure Genius...

I'm a little lost as to how the two pounds are paid: do I get one of these and top it up, like an Oyster card? I only go to That London a few times a year, but always misunderstand some simple transport point and cost myself extra money, so I'm wondering if getting one of these for the odd visit is cost-efficient.

Gdfrench

I'm a little lost as to how the two pounds are paid: do I get one of … I'm a little lost as to how the two pounds are paid: do I get one of these and top it up, like an Oyster card? I only go to That London a few times a year, but always misunderstand some simple transport point and cost myself extra money, so I'm wondering if getting one of these for the odd visit is cost-efficient.


you pay the £2 via credit/debit card on registration and filling in your details.
For the odd user, you would probably queue up at the card machine on the street and pay the £2 access fee for the day. Rather than queuing, this key/fob prepays the access fee and is linked to your card so you can get a bike quicker

So it's a £5 fee reduced to £2? The wording is labyrinthine.

postyn17

Go to uni get a good education then you will get a decent job and the … Go to uni get a good education then you will get a decent job and the salary divide won't affect you.The reason things are cheap is because of PPH (price per head).



Never heard of prices being cheap because of price per head before, London isn't cheap some services are cheap such as hiring a bike for an hour as its a business and the bikes aren't likely high in maintenance and cost a fortune!

Uni guarantee anything and doesn't mean people learn the skills to do the jobs they want, there are many clueless people who do a degree and can't do the job they studied for, nevermind the amount of people who go into completely different jobs that they had studied for!

Edited by: "dbox" 17th Sep 2014

Bier

Is this better?Have your say on a new segregated North-South Cycle … Is this better?Have your say on a new segregated North-South Cycle Superhighway between Elephant & Castle and King's Cross Have your say on a new segregated East-West Cycle Superhighway through central London



Oh god yes please, I'd kill to be able to cycle around London, I'm too worried about the nutters that fly about (nearly got run over a few days ago by some scumbag that ran a red light at a crossing).

I just came back from Copenhagen, Denmark. They have the best system for bikes they have a built in road next to main road and pedestrians. Genius the roads have their own traffic lights and you can get a fine for j walking or riding the bike. Loads more is cycling and hardly any fat people because they got 60% tax on unhealthy food and bike shops are everywhere. We got so much to learn in UK if we stop being so ignorant and take some advice from European cities.

copperspock

Oh god yes please, I'd kill to be able to cycle around London, I'm too … Oh god yes please, I'd kill to be able to cycle around London, I'm too worried about the nutters that fly about (nearly got run over a few days ago by some scumbag that ran a red light at a crossing).


Happened to me too - some scumbag on a bike running a red light while I was crossing the road - cyclists are already killing (and being killed) cycling in London.

I pulled out their bike and rode for 2hours...few days later saw £55.00 had been withdrawn from my account. called them up and they said I had the bike for 13hours 52mins.... didnt make sense...they asked If I saw the green light come up when I put the bike back and I said yes. The guy checked their system for errors.... worst service ever... stil refused to refund my money. TFL are greedy money hungry pigs and cant be trusted. always ranting on and on with strikes for higher pay.

iamthegr81

I just think the cost of the bike hire is way too expensive.....with the … I just think the cost of the bike hire is way too expensive.....with the cost of hire and the dangerous roads in London there isn't much incentive for people to ride a bike which would help peoples health and the environment.



I ride regularly. It's not that dangerous!

Ajibee

Happened to me too - some scumbag on a bike running a red light while I … Happened to me too - some scumbag on a bike running a red light while I was crossing the road - cyclists are already killing (and being killed) cycling in London.



wow, cyclists are killing? if you can point me to some evidence that shows cyclists killing more than, say cows killing walkers crossing a field, i'd be interested to see those stats... what i'm saying is (and, speaking of cows)... bullsh**.

and, while it's true that sime cyclists (usually couriers or novices, in london) think they rule the road and cross red lights, the reason i do it on occasion is when i see three lanes of cars, vans and lorries up my mudguard waiting for an amber light and a brands hatch race to the lead... plus, i could do without the headcase pedestrians who seem to think that talking on a phone gives them some kind of immunity from crashes and pain... try riding on london streets and you develop a survival technique for avoiding traffic jams, potholes, pedistrians and even other cyclists... plus, cyclists tend to keep their eyes on the road ahead, so will see you in good time, unlike motorists who can zoom about while chewing on a sandwich, tuning the radio, looking up their satnav, taking texts...

I used to use these bikes when the first launched and even have the key.
They are extremely uncomfortable, 30mins is probably the most you can ride before having to get off from all the discomfort. They really need another gear too.
I stopped using them because I ended up with a 300£ fine taken from my account because my bike aparently wasn't ever returned even though I logged a call and had recipients from docking the bike from the day they said the bike was last used by me. I don't know if their service has improved, but i was basically told the only time I get my money back is if the bike happens to appear in their system again, which it did like 3 weeks later. Never used the service again.

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Edited by: "oilit" 17th Sep 2014

fohel

I pulled out their bike and rode for 2hours...few days later saw £55.00 … I pulled out their bike and rode for 2hours...few days later saw £55.00 had been withdrawn from my account. called them up and they said I had the bike for 13hours 52mins.... didnt make sense...they asked If I saw the green light come up when I put the bike back and I said yes. The guy checked their system for errors.... worst service ever... stil refused to refund my money. TFL are greedy money hungry pigs and cant be trusted. always ranting on and on with strikes for higher pay.




The problem in London and most places in England, Greed of the few ruining the lives of the many!
Example -
Sky TV. From £32 a month up to more than £90 whilst services has gone up i would say it is still mainly the same content we are all watching.
Sky sports news or movies and sports, they have just moved the content around and basically charged us for new channels which they moved our originally intended content to.

These bikes reek of the same Bait and switch tactics...and i for one am just disgusted for the standard ways we all fail each other whilst always trying to seem like we care.

with this bike service "They" will use it to either increase costs to motorists or they will use it to charge the environmentally concious individuals.

Banned

TFL cold just buy a second hand bike for £50 that will last more than 30 minutes and cheaper

I got caught out when the docking station at Victoria was full and ended up docking miles away. Then had a walk, missed train and got a financial penalty...for 2 bikes...more hassle than fun.

If the docking station is full when you return it then you can go to the screen and press the station full button - it gives you another 15 mins free and lists the docking stations nearby with free spaces. You're best off using the Barclays bike app or CityMapper app to find free bike spaces on a map.

People who get charged extra normally don't push their bike in til the green light comes on. I've used them hundreds of times and have never gone over 30 mins and have never been charged extra. I see tourists making that mistake though. Also, if the red light is lit on the bike's stand then the bike is broken and can't be hired - so check there are non-red light bikes available before attempting to hire..

patrick_000

If the docking station is full when you return it then you can go to the … If the docking station is full when you return it then you can go to the screen and press the station full button - it gives you another 15 mins free and lists the docking stations nearby with free spaces. You're best off using the Barclays bike app or CityMapper app to find free bike spaces on a map.People who get charged extra normally don't push their bike in til the green light comes on. I've used them hundreds of times and have never gone over 30 mins and have never been charged extra. I see tourists making that mistake though. Also, if the red light is lit on the bike's stand then the bike is broken and can't be hired - so check there are non-red light bikes available before attempting to hire..

Oooo didn't know that, very handy, thank you.

Like everything on this forum, this deal is a bit "Marmite" Some love it some loathe it. The lovers are never going to convince the haters. I use the bikes for going between offices to meetings rather than get on a tube or bus. I find the bikes fun, easy to use and really weirdly safe - I know that sounds like madness given headline fatalities, but I've found that if you stay back, follow the rules, don't carve up the inside of busses then you’re unlikely to have trouble.

I took a colleague on one to a meeting a few weeks ago, his first time. Like my first time he was very apprehensive and worried, but similarly he didn’t stop smiling all the way to the destination X)

You get good and bad Pedestrians, Drivers and cyclists, not one group should be demonised oO

chouglez

I live just on the outskirts of London but everything is ever available … I live just on the outskirts of London but everything is ever available for London IMHO. UK does not know the concept of suburbanisation. Imagine everyone in the US is stacked into NYC, Boston or any larger cities over there? Don't even get me started on the salary divide...



But these bikes are available in Reading as well.

used to use these pay as you go style. too much of a hassle in the city come 5 o clock and there's no bikes left at all in the 3 nearest docking stations. ended up getting a like-new dahon folding bike on ebay for £67 and I've been loving it.

oilit

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Same. It seems like they're having issues according to their twitter.

dingo22uk

Like everything on this forum, this deal is a bit "Marmite" Some love it … Like everything on this forum, this deal is a bit "Marmite" Some love it some loathe it. The lovers are never going to convince the haters. I use the bikes for going between offices to meetings rather than get on a tube or bus. I find the bikes fun, easy to use and really weirdly safe - I know that sounds like madness given headline fatalities, but I've found that if you stay back, follow the rules, don't carve up the inside of busses then you’re unlikely to have trouble. I took a colleague on one to a meeting a few weeks ago, his first time. Like my first time he was very apprehensive and worried, but similarly he didn’t stop smiling all the way to the destination X)You get good and bad Pedestrians, Drivers and cyclists, not one group should be demonised oO



No no no, I am a Londoner and therefore my opinon is **** the bikelists. Except for when I am a bikelist, in which case **** the pedestrians.
Edited by moderator: "removed swear filter avoidance" 18th Sep 2014

I like the bike hire. I use it when I visit London. Some of the roads are too scary to ride but there's are lots of small roads with nearly no traffic. Last time I went to London I cycled with my wife who only once managed to click her bike in properly. She is petite, the bulk and weight of the bikes was too much for her to get the angle and alignment correct to click back in. So not very user friendly.

Problem I have is cant cycle from a station to the city in the morning or back to a station after work, no spaces to park the bike! So they aren't much use to commuters... but perhaps they're not supposed to be?

The wait between hires is only 5 mins (not 15!) so I just walk the 300m to the next station and get another bike. Then keep doing it all day (if your bud can take it!) and never pay more than £2 all day. So cheap and sooo much fun!!!
Just check out the Cycle Hire website.
Love cycling around London and on Sundays the Mall is closed for traffic. Along the river is great too.

How did the Salary wage gaps and public spending get into a conversation about a pay as you go cycling key. Vote hot, as it saves you money for those that use the hire on a pay as you go. Well done OP

fohel

I pulled out their bike and rode for 2hours...few days later saw £55.00 … I pulled out their bike and rode for 2hours...few days later saw £55.00 had been withdrawn from my account. called them up and they said I had the bike for 13hours 52mins.... didnt make sense...they asked If I saw the green light come up when I put the bike back and I said yes. The guy checked their system for errors.... worst service ever... stil refused to refund my money. TFL are greedy money hungry pigs and cant be trusted. always ranting on and on with strikes for higher pay.



It's worth pointing out that this service doesn't make money, nor does it actually break even. The cycle-hire scheme is subsidised by other forms of transport (tube/bus etc). Not exactly money-grabbing...

The reason they have odd time limits and charges is to ensure that the bikes don't travel too far so that they can cope with demand. This is to help ensure that bikes are always available at docking stations.
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