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Santander Cycles expands to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

London’s flagship cycle hire scheme, Santander Cycles, has been expanded to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The popular scheme has been expanded, with eight new docking stations and 310 docking points being installed in the Park, furthering the reach of the scheme.

London’s Cycling Commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, and Jessica Ennis-Hill, Santander ambassador, were at the Park today to launch the new docking stations, including some special edition gold Santander Cycles to reflect the link to the London 2012 cycling legacy.

The newest docking stations are located at the London Aquatics Centre, Lee Valley VeloPark, the ArcelorMittal Orbit and East Village, the former 2012 Athletes Village, with locals able to hire a bike and cycle around the park with docking and rehiring at various points.

People also have the opportunity to cycle on into the city using Cycle Superhighway 2.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “It is fantastic to see our iconic cycle hire scheme spread its wings to the glorious setting of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The scheme has developed beyond recognition since it first started, with millions of miles ridden by cyclists of all ages and abilities. By successfully expanding further east, TfL is giving even more people the chance to get around on our trusty red bikes. It’s a real boost for commuters, shoppers and tourists, and another shot in the arm for booming east London.”

Chief Marketing Officer of Santander, Keith Moor spoke of the commitment between themselves and Transport for London, providing extra benefits in the future to give Londoners and visitors a good experience.

Jessica Ennis-Hill, Santander ambassador and Olympic gold medallist, said: “I am really happy to see that the Santander Cycles scheme has been extended to include Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The venue is so iconic and holds lots of great memories for me, but above all there is so much to do and see around the park. New ways to encourage people to be more active and explore their city are always so welcome and here you can cycle and take in all the iconic Olympic venues – it’s brilliant.”

The total number of docking stations within the scheme is now 761, with plans in place to introduce two docking stations at Here East, the new digital quarter at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in the Spring, as well as in Kings Cross, Stockwell and Vauxhall.

Since its launch in 2010, the cycles have been hired more than 47 million times. Santander’s Cycles App has been downloads by more than 150,000 people.

Santander Cycles is the second largest cycle hire scheme in Europe, with 11,5000 bikes for hire from as little as £2 per day for casual users or 25p per day on an annual membership.