The capital's bike hire scheme celebrates during the Olympics

Barclays London Cycle Hire is two years old

Today (Monday July 30th) marks the second year anniversary of Barclays Cycle Hire in London.

Termed Boris Bikes by just about everyone, the system has had highs and lows (though mostly highs) and sadly 26 stations will be closed at various times for the Olympics (which seems a bit of a shame) but overall the Cycle Hire service has been judged a success and even naysayers will find it hard to disagree with the notion it has boosted the visibility of bikes in the capital.

To date more than 160,000 people have signed up as members of Barclays Cycle Hire and they have made over 13 million hires. Around 3.6million trips have been made by casual users since the service became available more widely in December 2010.

You can follow the story of Barclays Cycle Hire on BikeBiz’s vast news archive, including:

300% rise in Christmas Day rides

Serco lands £50million extension of Cycle Hire contract

Cycle hire users go on to buy bike gear

Cycle Hire gonged by LCC

Boris Bikes gear up to casual launch

‘London Cycle Hire will make cycling safer’

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