Friday is the big day of the cycle hire scheme launch. If you have a key that is and if you’ve activated that key. Apparently 10,000 keys such as the one below (Thanks Adam) have been sent out.
Along with the key you also get various maps and information about staying safe. Wokingham Cyclist has posted about this if you are interested.
If you are part of the cool gang with one of these keys you need to “activate it”. This can be done through the London Cycle Hire website or by calling the helpline.
The process of using the key is as follows:
- Check that the docking point has no lights illuminated
- Before taking a cycle from a docking point, check that it is roadworthy (tyres, brakes, saddle, lights, bell)
- Insert your key into the docking point key slot
- The amber light will illuminate while your account is being verified
- As soon as the light turns green, undock your cycle by placing one hand on each of the handle bars and firmly pulling it out of the docking point.
- Remove your key from the key slot before you set off
- When re-docking your cycle, return it to any empty docking point which has no lights illuminated by pushing it firmly into place
- Wait until the light turns green to ensure you have successfully docked your cycle and completed your journey
Or as this TfL woman kindly demonstrated earlier today:
As you can see it’s so easy even a drunk person wanting to get home at night could do it. Though they would probably miss the key entry point a few times and then fall over the minute they ride off. Oh, and also they probably would have left the key in their other trousers and cursed the gods for not been able to just use the Oyster card.
By the way, the annoying clicking sound in the video isn’t the noise the docking station makes to let you know you’re about to hire a bike. In fact a cool sound the docking station could make the minute you put the key in is to have the recorded voice of a woman magically start playing so you can listen to how great Barclays are. I might suggest that to TfL.
I’ll leave you with this nice picture of the Mayors Transport Advisor Kulveen Ranger looking smug:
And looking less smug as a HGV is about to run him over:
Despite the dry humour and sarcasm that plagues this post I am in fact very excited about the Friday launch and will be there covering it for London Cyclist. It will be great to see all the docking stations around London filled with bikes ready for Londoners to hire and I look forward to using it. My housemate for one is very excited to have his key and will no doubt be one the first people to hop on these beautiful blue bikes.