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? 🤔 Can you guess how many customers have hired a bike since it opened?

Find key facts and interesting figures here.

Cycle hire trivia

Date opened 🐣 2010
Trips made Over 83 million
Customers 💁‍♀️ 4.9 million
Distance travelled 🚀 300,000,000 km (equivalent to around 3 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 35,000 times)
Most popular docking station Waterloo Station (more than 2.3 million journeys have started or ended here)
Most popular trip Round trip starting and ending at Hyde Park Corner (this has been made 159,000 times)
App downloads 📱 860,000 (available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store)
Hires through the app 4.6 million (launched May 2015)

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

Celebrating 10 years of cycle hire

Time flies when you’re having fun! It’s already been 10 years since we launched London’s flagship cycle hire scheme, and there’s lots to celebrate:

🚴 More than 87 million hires have been made since TfL launched cycle hire in the capital on 30 July 2010
🚴 In 2019, more than 10 million Santander Cycles hires were made for the fourth year in a row, including more than 34,000 on Christmas Day
🚴 Since launch on 30 July 2010 across eight London boroughs with 315 docking stations, there’s now more than 12,000 bikes available from over 800 docking stations

To celebrate, we’re searching for the scheme’s most dedicated cyclists to reward you with unique prizes money can’t buy. 🎁

Alongside our friends at Santander, we’re looking for people who hired the cycles within the first year of the scheme, people who have completed the most journeys or people who have a unique story to share about the cycles. ❤️

Each month a winner will be selected, and these 12 winners will be rewarded with a Santander Cycles named after them, free annual membership and other prizes! 🎉

Enter by sharing your experiences of the cycle hire scheme by emailing [email protected] for a chance to win. Full competition terms and conditions are available on our website.

How to hire a Santander Cycles

You can hire a bike from as little as £2. 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 bike, 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 bike 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 Store or Google Play.

Do you know more interesting trivia? Share in the comments below! 👇


  1. Is there anywhere I can find a definitive list of all Santander docking stations currently open? I’ve set myself a challenge of visiting every station – so far I’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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