Santander Cycles trivia and facts

Woman and man cycling in Hyde Park

Our cycle hire scheme has been available to Londoners and visitors since 2010. Think you know the most popular routes? ๐Ÿค” Can you guess how many customers have hired a cycle since it opened?

Find key facts and interesting figures here.

Cycle hire trivia

Date openedย ๐Ÿฃ 2010
Trips made Over 98 million
Customers ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ 5.9 million
Distance travelled ๐Ÿš€ 300,000,000 km (equivalent to around 2 return trips to Mars!)
Most popular A to B trip Starting at Hyde Park Corner and ending at Albert Gate, Hyde Park (this has been made over 39,000 times)
Most popular docking station Waterloo Station (more than 2.9 million journeys have started or ended here)
Most popular trip Round trip starting and ending at Hyde Park Corner (this has been made 178,000 times)
App downloads ๐Ÿ“ฑ 1.3 million (available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store)
Hires through the app 7.8 million (launched May 2015)

โ€ข One customer has used the scheme more than 16,000 times
โ€ข One customer has hired from the same docking station more than 3,500 times (Denyer Street, Knightsbridge)

Celebrating 10 years of cycle hire

Man standing with Santander Cycles beside the River Thames

Time flies when youโ€™re having fun! Itโ€™s already been 10 years since we launched Londonโ€™s flagship cycle hire scheme and to celebrate, we found the capital’s cycle hire heroes. ๐Ÿšฒ ๐Ÿฆธ

Our 12 cycle hire heroes have a unique story to tell – they’re our first rider,ย  our most dedicated cyclist and people who have used Santander Cycles to make a difference.

How to hire a Santander Cycles

You can hire a cycle from as little as ยฃ2. Simply go to any docking station with your bank card and touch the screen to get started. There’s no need to book – hire a cycle, ride it where you like, then return it to any docking station.

The Santander Cycles app sends a release code straight to your phone, letting you skip past the terminal and get on your cycle quicker. You can also save your favourite docking stations and search by Tube and train stations, London landmarks and street name.

Download the app from the Apple App Storeย orย Google Play.

Do you know more interesting trivia? Share in the comments below!ย ๐Ÿ‘‡


  1. Is there anywhere I can find a definitive list of all Santander docking stations currently open? Iโ€™ve set myself a challenge of visiting every station – so far Iโ€™ve made it to 193. (The only list I can find is from 2015 – and clearly since then some have closed and others have opened). Also, does anyone do a printed (rather than online) map of all the stations?

    1. Hi Steve,

      Both the original and new model of the Santander Cycles weigh 23kg. The reason for this is the cycles need to be durable for huge usage volumes and withstand the elements.


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