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Boris shares the bike hire love with the East End

Posted at 6:15 pm, March 7, 2012 in News
Boris bike extension

On March 8, a new fleet of ‘Boris bikes’ is being rolled out to cover the whole of Tower Hamlets and parts of Hackney. Approximately 2,300 new bikes will be supported by 4,800 docking points throughout Bethnal Green, Mile End, Bow, Canary Wharf and Shoreditch. The scheme will also be expanded north, further into Camden Town, and west into Shepherd’s Bush, with exact locations to be announced. The move aims to connect the Olympic Park to central London ahead of the Games, expanding the scheme’s total reach to 65sq km. But don’t expect to pedal the bikes right up to the stadium. The nearest docking station will be a 20-minute walk away near Victoria Park. A London 2012 Organising Committee spokesperson told Time Out that bikes will be barred from the Olympic Park for the duration of the Games to prevent injury to pedestrians, but also admitted that even without the ban, the Barclays branded bicycles would be denied entry – Olympics sponsor Lloyds TSB has exclusive branding rights inside the park. Nick Aveling

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