Transport for London has released an app making it easier to hire the city’s iconic Santander Cycles.
The free app, available on iOS and Android, will show users the nearest docking station and bike availability. Furthermore, it will send them a 'bike release' code straight to their phones, meaning they can hire a cycle without having to use the docking station terminal.
Boris Johnson, mayor of London, said: “The new Santander Cycles app will make finding and hiring a bike in our great Capital city even more of a doddle.
“The app is packed full of handy new features and is part and parcel of our plans to take the cycle hire scheme to the next level and encourage more people on to two wheels."
Nathan Bostock, chief executive of Santander UK, added: “We're absolutely committed to growing and developing Santander Cycles together with TfL by making more bikes available, providing more docking stations and offering extra benefits in future to give Londoners and visitors to the Capital the best possible experience.
'Since announcing our partnership in February of this year, we've already added three per cent cashback on cycle hire journeys for customers using their 1|2|3 credit card, and the app further demonstrates our commitment to making the cycle scheme more fun, rewarding and easy.”
This comes after sponsorship of the service moved from Barclays to Santander in a seven-year, £6.5m-a-year deal.