London's cycle hire bikes could soon be looking a little different, as Transport for London (TfL) has issued a new tender asking companies to bid for the chance to operate and maintain the bike scheme.
According to Dezeen the current bikes have been operated by Canadian company Devinci since the scheme launched in 2010 - though now this could be set to change. (The Barclays and Santander branding was simply cosmetic - the banks didn't get involved with fixing bikes).
The current contract expires in 2017, and the new contract will take the new supplier up to 2027. The tender document specifically requests that the new supplier figure out what the "next generation" of bikes will be like.
Since London launched the scheme, a number of other cities around the world have launched similar services. To give one example of what the future could look like, the latest generation of cycle hire bikes in Copenhagen feature both electric power to help you get moving, and even have a screen and GPS to help you navigate to where you need to go. (We were supposed to get electric Boris Bikes last year - what happened there?)
What would you like to see on a next generation Boris Bike? Let us know in the comments. [Dezeen]