• Posted:Friday, December 11, 2009
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On your bike in London

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On your bike in London
If you have plans to stay in a London hostel next summer and fancy seeing the city in a different way, then this could very well be the blog post for you. The Times has brought it to my attention that the Mayor of London has announced plans to bring in bicycle hire for all those who want to cycle about and see some sights.

And the even better news is that it'll only cost you the grand sum of £1 per day, which is definitely affordable, even for those on tight travel budgets. Apparently, 6,000 bikes will be available to those who want them and will be found at any of 400 pick-up points across the city.

Designed for shorter journeys in the zone one area - which is where the cycle parks will be situated - those who are in London for a longer period of time can rent them out for £5 a week, or even £45 for 12 months.

The plans have come about following the success of similar schemes in other places, such as Cardiff, Bristol and Blackpool and ones further afield in Montreal and Paris.

Boris Johnson was quoted as saying: "It is amazing how far your bike can take you in 30 minutes if you put in a bit of pedal power and to be able to do so free of charge on one of our fantastic new bikes is simply sensational value for money."

If you're wondering where your first port of call should be when you pick up your bicycle, the upcoming London fringe festival - which is taking place in August - will have lots of things for you to see and do. The Stage recently noted that there will be lots of outdoor entertainment put on as part of this event.

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