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Londoners turn to bicycles during rail strike — bike hire rentals soar; Timmy Mallett’s UK cycling tour reaches John O’Groats + more on the live blog

Dan Alexander is back on live blog duty to finish off the week (we’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s a good…

Thursday, Jun 23

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Dan Alexander is back on live blog duty to finish off the week (we’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s a good thing)… London cyclists (Twitter/@EricEatsPickles) This week’s rail strike, aided by the glorious summer weather, has opened the eyes of thousands to the feasibility of commuting in London by bike… Massive up take in cycling yesterday due to the strike.
But not a single media house keen to show it or talk about it!!!
Also bike based commuters were moving more efficiently than other forms of commuters and not polluting but taking other modes pollution. pic.twitter.com/UxO0YyPB2Y (link is external) Don’t fear, Sanjay. We’re happy to talk about it…

So, in fairness, were the Evening Standard (link is external) who shared the news that the Santander Cycles hire scheme recorded its second highest number of rides on Wednesday. There were more than 67,000 hires, more than double the daily average of 27,000.

The cycle superhighways were recording huge numbers of two-wheeled journeys too — Embankment’s had seen more than 8,700 journeys by 1pm, while Transport for London reported it was the busiest day ever for e-scooter hires, with more than 10,000 journeys on their trial scheme.

TfL is hoping to capitalise on increased demand by expanding the scheme in Southwark, building eight new docking stations and releasing 500 e-bikes this summer. "Huge numbers of people have taken up cycling since the pandemic," David Eddington, head of cycle hire at TfL, said. “We are determined to keep Londoners cycling and […]

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