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FREE riding all weekend in London to celebrate 6 years of Boris bikes

Try one out today or tomorrow without paying a penny

Boris bikes are six years old today, and to celebrate, Transport for London (TfL) is offering the public free use all weekend.

The bikes, first sponsored by Barclays but now known as Santander Cycles, are free for 30 minutes all weekend, with a special code, available here.

Be aware though - while you can make as many separate free 30-minute journeys in 24 hours as they like, any extra minutes after the first half hour will be charged to the card they used to take out the bike.

TfL said more than 52 million journeys had been made on the cycles since their launch in July 2010.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "Our cycle hire scheme here in London has been a huge success, with record numbers now using the bikes.

"The scheme has played an important role in encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to cycle and it has allowed Londoners and tourists to get around the Capital and see new parts of our great city.”

Earlier this month we reported how four men whose bikes were stolen from a garage on the eve of the RideLondon event refused to let the theft stop them, and decided to complete the challenge on Boris Bikes instead.

Tim Hurst, Jamie Chatterton, Matt Radmore and Joe Radmore, stayed in Islington the night before the event and stored their equipment in a garage overnight, only to find their bikes gone when they got up to leave at 5.30 on Sunday morning.

Matt Radmore had travelled from Switzerland to take part in the ride, and the men had been training for months, so when they found thieves had taken an angle grinder to the padlock that morning, they set out in search of Santander Cycles instead. Although they were too late for the 100 mile event they originally intended to complete, they managed to enter the 46 mile ride, and Transport for London (TfL) waived their hire fees in recognition of their efforts.

Hurst, who was cycling in aid of The Lullaby Trust (link is external), a charity that supports bereaved families affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), said: “We had been training for several months for RideLondon, so we were really excited about finally taking part.

“It was particularly important for me as I was raising money for The Lullaby Trust, a charity which is close to my heart since the tragic loss of my nephew Finley last year. My brother and sister in law have been helped and comforted immeasurably by The Lullaby Trust.

 “When we found the garage empty we were all devastated. None of us were sure what we could do.”

However, they refused to let the criminals ruin their day. After calling everyone they knew with road bikes, to no avail, they had the idea to look for hire bikes, and eventually found five at the Santander Cycles stand in Shoreditch Park.

Although the delay meant they missed the 100 mile ride start, RideLondon marshals were able to offer the group a place in the 46 mile ride. The four raised £2,700 for The Lullaby Trust and Hospice Care, and TfL waived the hire fee.

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