Boris Bikes in Brixton: TfL opens seven new Santander Cycle docking stations across south London

Santander Cycles
Two cyclists using hired Santander Cycles bikes pedal past the O2 Academy on Stockwell Road

Seven new Santander Cycles docking stations have opened across Stockwell and Brixton, bringing 200 of the new-style 'Boris Bikes' to south London. 

This is the first time the bicycle hire scheme has been available to the 80,000 inhabitants of the Brixton district, and represents a significant expansion of coverage for the people of Stockwell. The most southerly of the new locations is approximately two miles south of the River Thames, in the borough of Lambeth.

“I’m delighted that Santander Cycles are finally here in Brixton,” said Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Environment & Housing. 

The new-style Santander Cycles are an improved design

“We will continue to campaign for similar cycle hire options further south in the borough so that even more residents can benefit.”

Brixton has some of the most polluted roads in the city and its high street is infamous for breaching its annual limits for air quality by the end of January. The absence of Santander Cycles from this area has been the subject of discussion for several years. 

The Santander Cycles, known as Boris Bikes, are part of Europe's second-largest bicycle hire scheme. There are now 775 docking stations and a total of 11,700 bikes to rent. A single day's use can cost as little as £2 (for an unlimited number of half-hour journeys) and an annual 'season ticket' membership costs £90.

Since launching in 2010, more than 68 million journeys have been made by users of the scheme. 

The new docking station locations are St John's Crescent, Ferndale Road, Saltoun Road, Cranmer Road, Normandy Road, Wynne Road and Sidney Road. Saltoun Road becomes arguably the most south-easterly dock,