When the London Cycle Hire scheme launches on 30 July it will be the most sustainable, environmentally friendly and healthy form of public transport ever seen in the Capital
From this date, Londoners and visitors to the city will be able to pick up and drop off one of thousands of hire bicycles at hundreds of locations across London's zone one travel area.
Those keen to find out more about the scheme will be able to visit one of 45 planned cycle hire roadshows coming to central London from the end of May.
The dates and locations of the roadshows will be published on the TfL website nearer the time.
Each roadshow will provide practical demonstrations, hints and tips - including how to register for the scheme, how much it will cost to use, and how to pick up and drop off hire bicycles from the docking stations.
Existing or potential cyclists will also be given safety tips, details of cycle routes and will be encouraged to sign up for TfL-funded cycle training through their local borough council.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: 'In just four months London will glitter with the twinkling dynamo lights of thousands of shiny cycle hire bikes, allowing Londoners and visitors to zip around the streets unfettered from timetables, queues and crowds.
'What we are creating is not just a cycle hire scheme, but a new form of public transport of the greenest and healthiest of kinds.
'It will become the cornerstone of the cycling revolution in the Capital and will, I'm sure, convert legions of people to the pleasures of pedal power.'
David Brown, Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: 'When the London Cycle Hire scheme launches on 30 July it will be the most sustainable, environmentally friendly and healthy form of public transport ever seen in the Capital.
'TfL is providing additional funding to boost the provision and effectiveness of cycle training in advance of the launch, and will host a packed roadshow programme giving people all the information they need to get the most out of this exciting scheme.'
TfL also unveiled the quirky cartoon-style characters that will be used to help promote the scheme and will be employed in 'how to use' and safety videos, at the roadshows, on the website and on other cycle hire-related materials.
Once complete, people using London's Cycle Hire scheme will be able to pick up and drop off one of the 6,000 hire cycles at around 400 locations across the nine London boroughs and several Royal Parks that make up London's zone one travel area.
The scheme is expected to generate up to 40,000 extra cycle journeys a day in central London.
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