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Santander Cycles app lets you hire a 'Boris bike' from your phone

Santander Cycles app lets you hire a 'Boris bike' from your phone

Boris bike users can now get release codes sent directly to their phones via a new app



By Sophie Curtis

Transport for London has launched a new mobile app that allows users of London's 'Boris bike' cycle hire scheme to bypass docking station terminals and get a bike release code delivered straight to a their smartphone.
After registering their bank card, users will be able to use the Santander Cycles app, developed by British mobile ticketing firm Corethree, to ‘hire now’ from a nearby docking station, and just tap the code into a docking point to release a bike for use.
The app also allows users to see up-to-the minute information about which docking stations have cycles and spaces available, plan a journey with an easy-to-follow map, and receive notifications showing the cost at the end of a hire period. Members of the scheme can also use the app to manage their accounts.
“The new Santander Cycles app will make finding and hiring a bike in our great Capital city even more of a doddle," said Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. "The app is packed full of handy new features and is part and parcel of our plans to take the cycle hire scheme to the next level and encourage more people on to two wheels.”
The Santander Cycles app is available on Android and iOS smartphones, and is free to download for both members and casual users. The app has been designed in such as way that it can constantly be upgraded and improved with the latest technology available.
Santander Cycles, popularly known as Boris bikes, were previously sponsored by Barclays. It is the second-largest cycle hire scheme in Europe and, since it was introduced in 2010, around 40 million journeys have been made using the bikes.
Usage of the scheme rose by a quarter last year and is at a record high, with more than 10 million journeys made in 2014, according to Transport for London (TfL).
"We’re absolutely committed to growing and developing Santander Cycles together with TfL by making more bikes available, providing more docking stations and offering extra benefits in future to give Londoners and visitors to the Capital the best possible experience," said Nathan Bostock, chief executive of Santander UK.
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