During the summer of this year the London Cycle Hire scheme will be launching. For some it will be a momentous day, for others it will make absolutely no more difference other than going “huh, there’s that cycle hire scheme”.
Rentable bikes will be available 24 hours a day from 400 locations around London. You can even borrow one for 30 minutes for completely free.
The critics will argue how the money would have been better spent elsewhere. They could say that it would be better spent on dedicated cycle lanes. They could also argue that the scheme fails to provide bikes where they are most needed. Near busy rail stations.
The people for the cycle hire scheme will argue this gives Londoners a great alternative way to get around London. They may talk about how it will encourage more people to become full time cyclists and ease some of the congestion on other modes of transport.
Is this just another great publicity stunt by mayor Boris or a really positive change for transportation in London? What do you think?
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