Meet our cycle hire heroes

Photo of Habiba with a Santander Cycle

London’s Cycle Hire scheme turns 10 this year! 🎂

You have made more than 87 million hires on our 12,000 bikes since we launched on 30 July 2010. ✂️🎀

To celebrate, we put the call out for London’s cycle hire heroes and our call was answered! Here are your inspirational stories 🚴 👇

Habiba our March hero

Photo of Habiba with a Santander Cycle

With the convenience of a dock near my flat and one right next to the Royal London Hospital where I work, all I need is a helmet. 🚴‍♀️

It always feels amazing to be able to enjoy a bike ride after a 13-hour shift. Thanks Santander, from a grateful cycling nurse! 👩‍⚕️

Andy our February hero

Photo of Andy in front of a Santander Cycles dock

Andy has cycled more than 2,400 times since the scheme began– a total of 463 hours and around 6,900km! 🤯

Andy also uses Santander Cycles to help him train for mountain biking by regularly hiring a bike and riding up Wharton Street in Islington, looping back and forth a few times in 3rd gear. 💪

To prepare for Euro 2020, Andy will be cycling from the Stade de France in Paris to Wembley. 🇫🇷🚴 🇬🇧

Sakhr our January hero

Photo of Sakhr January cycle hire hero

Happy birthday! You’ve changed this city for the better. ❤️

I wanted to be the first person to hire a TfL bike. I watched the cycle hire stations being installed outside my office in Shoreditch High Street, and then saw the bikes being docked the night before launch day. ⏲️

That night, I went to stay with a friend in central London. I knew the scheme was launching at 6am, so I went to the Dorset Square docking station and tried my key at 5.55am. It worked! I took a bike out. Within seconds, a taxi driver hooted at me and congratulated me for being the first one. 🎉

I made a few loops around Regent’s Park and then cycled across London to my office. It was a slow journey because people kept stopping me to ask about the bikes and how to hire them. 😅

London was my first cycle hire experience. Since then, I’ve hired bikes in Rome, Milan, Berlin, Brussels, Toulouse, Oslo, Barcelona, Washington DC and Mexico City. And every time I get on a bike in a new city, I feel proud that London has inspired the world. 🌍

Cycle hire heroes, assemble!

Our search continues for the next competition winner, with one dedicated cycle hire hero chosen each month throughout the anniversary year. 🏆

Share your experience of the cycle hire scheme by emailing [email protected] for a chance to win! 📧

Terms and Conditions for the Cycle Hire 10th anniversary competition are available on our website.

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