Boris Bikes head West

The Mayor of London’s Cycle Hire scheme is marking its first birthday this week by confirming confirming extra funding that will help the scheme to expand throughout west and south-west London by the summer of 2013.

The extra £25m has come from Barclays, and extends their overall sponsorship of the scheme to 2018. It will mean bikes will be available through the boroughs of Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth and Kensington & Chelsea.

It has also been confirmed that Westfield London Shopping Centre is to provide funding that will allow an early taster of the western expansion by extending Barclays Cycle Hire to the shopping centre by spring 2012. Approximately twelve new docking stations will connect the existing cycle hire zone to Westfield White City and six docking stations will potentially be on the grounds of Westfield London itself.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “It is testament to the huge impact of Barclays Cycle Hire and to the rapidly increasing popularity of pedal power in London that I can announce we are now planning to swathe a huge chunk of the west of our city with our beautiful blue bikes."

Michael Gutman, European Managing Director for Westfield, said: “We are pleased to support Barclays Cycle Hire which will compliment the extensive public transport and road network surrounding Westfield London. The initiative has been a huge success in its first year and the extension will make London’s top destinations even more accessible.”

Cllr Harry Phibbs, Hammersmith & Fulham’s Council's cabinet member for community engagement, says: "Rolling out Barclays Cycle Hire westwards is the best transport news the borough has enjoyed since the extension of the congestion charge was scrapped."

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