Santander Cycles

Our cycle hire scheme, Santander Cycles, offers bikes for rent 24 hours a day, in and around central London.

Visitors and residents can hire one of around 11,500 bikes from more than 700 docking stations, use it for business or leisure trips around the Capital, then return it ready for the next person to use.

Docking stations are typically about 400 metres apart, located off main roads, near tourist attractions, in parks, and at Tube and rail stations.

The scheme, originally sponsored by Barclays, started in central London in 2010 and has since extended eastwards to Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Bethnal Green, Bow, Canary Wharf, Mile End and Poplar.

The scheme expanded west in 2014 when more than 2,000 bikes and 5,000 docking points were added. It is is sponsored by Santander and operated for us by Serco.

View the cycle hire contracts.

Cycle Superhighways

Cycle Superhighways are routes that offer safer and more direct ways into and across London, creating a more enjoyable cycling experience. Segregated cycle tracks feature across many of the Cycle Superhighways, ensuring cyclists are separated from motor traffic where possible.

The routes have many features to benefit all road users, from widened footways, new pedestrian crossings and innovative safety improvements at junctions.

Cycle Skills

Cycle Skills is the name of a range of training sessions created to help Londoners to get on their bike, build confidence or ride smarter. There are four types of sessions available to suit your need - basic, urban, advanced and family sessions.

Free to anyone who lives, works or studies in London. Request a session on the Cycle Skills page.

What you'll learn:

  • How to ride with confidence
  • How to deal with traffic and road positioning
  • Road rules for cyclists
  • Tips for riding at night or on rainy days
  • Great cycling routes

We are also working with boroughs and businesses to improve cycle parking and provide cycle safety checks to ensure your bike is fit for the road. Register your employer on the Cycling Workplaces page.

Cycling Grants London

Community projects across London can apply for up to £10,000 in funding to deliver cycling initiatives over three years. Funding can cover guided rides, cycle training and bike maintenance to promote the benefits of cycling.

To be eligible for a grant, your organisation must be based or operate inside Greater London and fall within the following groups:

  • Community groups or clubs
  • Charities or not-for-profit organisations
  • Social enterprises

Applying for a grant

The application window for 2016 is now closed. It will re-open in August 2017.

Groundwork London administers the grants on our behalf. For more information about Cycling Grants London and how to apply, visit the Cycling Grants London website or contact the Groundwork London Cycling Grants team:


Phone: 020 7239 1286

Quick facts

  • Nearly 2 million children trained through Bikeability since 2007
  • 645,000 cycled journey stages a day in 2014
  • Cycle journeys on main roads in London reached the highest levels ever recorded in 2014/15, a 243% increase since 2001/02
  • 10.1m cycle hires in 2014
  • Waterloo Station docking station had the highest number of hires and docks in January-May 2016, followed by Belgrove Street (King's Cross) and Speakers' Corner

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