The official public bicycle hire system of London, UK. It allows subscribers or anyone with a credit or debit card to rent a bike at any docking station, and return it at any other station in the city. An interactive map with the location of all docking stations in the city is available on the web. The system is modeled on Paris' Velib' network, while bicycles and docking stations are based on Montreal's Bixi cycle rental. Unlike the Velib's, London's cycles are not provided with locks. The operation of the system is contracted by Transport for London to Serco Group. Barclays Bank was the first sponsor from the system's debut in 2010 to April 2015 (then Barclays Cycle Hire). Santander is the new sponsor of the system (now known as Santander Cycles). During the 2012 Olympic Games, a record of 47,105 cycle hires were made in a single day. As of March 2012 there were some 8,000 cycles and 570 docking stations in the system, which had been used for over 19 million journeys.
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