London's Boris Bikes Gain App Control for Bonus Hipster Points

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Boris Bikes -- or the Santander Cycles as their new sponsor would like them to be known -- parked on various London streets for people to pop out and take for a spin, are about to be made that little bit easier to manage via the arrival of a bespoke mobile app.

The Santander Cycles app is out today for iOS and Android cyclists, instantly letting anyone with a smartphone and a working data connection see which local docking stations have bikes or empty slots to return one, manage their accounts, purchase subscriptions, view a rental history and reassure riders that they've stayed within their use period and have successfully docked the thing at the end.

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And that's some of what the cyclist of London, who's not committed enough to have his own bike (or perhaps so committed it's too valuable to leave propped up against the city's railings), can expect to see.

TfL's overground transport boss Leon Daniels said: "...we’re working hard to make cycling an integral part of London life, so anyone can jump on a bike to get to work, the shops or discover the Capital. The new official Santander Cycles App will make hiring a bike much easier for both members and casual users by being able to find the nearest docking station and check how many bikes are available." [TfL]