We were worn out on Day 1 of our trip to London to see Yo Yo Ma at the Proms . I calculated that we had walked 8 miles between Hyde Park Corner, the Serpentine Gallery, the Albert Hall , the Saatchi gallery, Fulham Road and Earls Cross .
So on the Sunday we became Boris Bikers . Here are my tips that I wish I knew pre biking … However we had such a fab time I would do it every visit to London from now on.
1 You pay £2.00 by credit or debit card for 24 hours hire.
2 You get a bike release code for every new trip , but have to re insert the card .
3 If your journey is a hop of under 30 mins from ticket to shoving the bike back in the rack & getting a green light , it is free .
4 I will be checking my card bill to make sure what was taken out. Looks like just £2 Yay.
5 If you go over 30 mins it’s an extra £2 per 30 mins … So hops between attractions are good.
6 Take your own hat.
7 Be prepared for aggressive pedestrians & cars. cycle assertively & defensively.
8 Download the Santander App Santander Cycles for Google or I phone & turn on your location, before planning your routes, which shows bike stand locations & safe routes.
9 Always have a backup bike stand planned as sometimes there are no bikes left , or conversely no slots to leave a bike. Crucial if you have a train to catch.
10 Best tip is to plan before you leave home .
Have a fantastic ride …. We went from Tate Britain to the Millennium Bridge, dumped the bikes & walked over to the Tate Modern,
then cycled from London Bridge station to near Kings Cross, leaving them at Bloomsbury Square & walking the last 10 minutes.