Boris Bike fees to double in TfL fare hike

The Evening Standard reports that:

[Today} Boris Johnson outlined above inflation increases averaging 4.2 per cent for the Tube, buses, DLR and overland rail from January... The surprise news that Boris Bike charges will double from £1 to £2 a day, £5 to £10 a week, and £45 to £90 a year is certain to anger regular users.

13 comments:

Katy said...

On the plus side, it's still only £2 for a whole day... I don't use them often, but it's a bargain when I do!

Anonymous said...

Bastards.

The £45 for a year was an absolute steal though, as all sub-30 minute journeys - even multiples thereof - were free of additional charges.

£90 a year is good, just not as sweet.

Time to bank another years worth.

Anonymous said...

Still great value though!

Anonymous said...

That's annoying, as the bikes were the cheap transport option. Now it's up there with tube and bus prices and is pretty painful experience trying to book one out. This is probably the end of my infrequent use of them.

AliP said...

But if the increase is purely to 'keep up with' TfL, where is the extra money going? A 100% increase is criminal and can't possibly be justified.

The fact that's it's still less than tube fares is not the point - they are way overpriced!

Fattyfattybumbum said...

@ Anon

"Now it's up there with tube and bus prices"

Jeez, its only £2 a day, hardly anywhere near the tube or bus costs for similar access.

Anonymous said...

The bikes still represent good value. It is so great to live somewhere that has this as an option. I can only think that the rise is to make them financially more sustainable. It seems there are still many people out there who think they deserve a free ride, both literally and metaphorically.

kolp said...

"It seems there are still many people out there who think they deserve a free ride..."

Is that you Mitt Romney* ?







*please note: this was a remark, for the enjoyment of people who like light politically based humour.

headhunter said...

It's not 2 quid a day though is it? It's 2 quid to take the bike out of the rack. Charges apply after that depending in how long you have it for...

Anonymous said...

It is just the access charges that are going up and you can dodge this increase by taking out a yearly subscription for £45 before the end of the year when it goes up from £45 to £90 a year.

On the other hand if you are an occasional user the day access fee going from £1 to £2 is a bit steep with the usage charge on top (if you want a bike for more the 30 mins.)

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/14811.aspx

The usage charges remain the same as before.

It is not that big a deal.

What annoys me is that it hasn't been extended down to this neck of the woods.

Being able to bike home from the West End at the end of an evening would be wonderful.

headhunter said...

Just get your own bike and ride that home from the west end... It's cheaper

Anonymous said...

The West End is full of bicycle thieves. The Boris bikes are a convenient antidote.

headhunter said...

I've been riding all over London for 6 years and I've never had a bike stolen

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