Earlier this week, Southwark Street had the honour of welcoming the first docking station for the cycle hire scheme, which launches on July 30th this year.
Barclays Cycle Hire, as the sponsorship obliges us to call it ('cause Barclays and bikes are a natural fit), will comprise around 6,000 cycles and 400 docking stations, of which the one pictured above, located right outside the Blue Fin building, is but the first. The full range has already been mapped and apped, although there are reports that some of the stations may be delayed because of objections from local councils.
TfL have also released a jolly (if slightly patronising) animated video showing a step-by-step guide on how to use the system. Not much advice, though, on how to avoid becoming one of London's increasingly common cycle casualties.
To sign up for the scheme visit the TfL website.
Previously on Londonist: a review of the hire bikes