Meet our cycle hire heroes

Photo of Habiba with a Santander Cycle

Londonโ€™s Cycle Hire scheme turns 10 this year! ๐ŸŽ‚

You have made more than 87 million hires on our 12,000 bikes since we launched on 30 July 2010. โœ‚๏ธ๐ŸŽ€

To celebrate, we put the call out for Londonโ€™s cycle hire heroes and our call was answered! Here are your inspirational stories ๐Ÿšด ๐Ÿ‘‡

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. ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ

It always feels amazing to be able to enjoy a bike ride after a 13-hour shift. Thanks Santander, from a grateful cycling nurse! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ

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 beganโ€“ a total of 463 hours and around 6,900km! ๐Ÿคฏ

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. ๐Ÿ’ช

To prepare for Euro 2020, Andy will be cycling from the Stade de France in Paris to Wembley. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿšด ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Sakhr our January hero

Photo of Sakhr January cycle hire hero

Happy birthday! You’ve changed this city for the better. โค๏ธ

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. โฒ๏ธ

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. ๐ŸŽ‰

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. ๐Ÿ˜…

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. ๐ŸŒ

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. ๐Ÿ†

Share your experience of the cycle hire scheme by emailing [email protected] for a chance to win! ๐Ÿ“ง

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

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