Why Hiring A Barclays Bike In Hyde Park, London Was The  Best Decision Ever!

Repost from 26th June 2014


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Hired Barclays Bike in Hyde Park, London

Hired Barclays Bike in Hyde Park, London

Recently,  I hired a Barclays Bike for the very first time ever and guess what? I only paid £2 for 24 hours, even though I didn’t need to hire for 24 hours. The bike felt a lot different from my regular bike, and although I thought it would be heavy, it allowed me a comfortable to ride. The bike seemed to have a shock absorber because each time a rode on to a bump, the journey remained smooth. More of a reason why Hiring a Barclays Bike in Hyde Park, London was the best decision ever!

So what made me choose this option? Simply fancied a change and recently I’ve been inspired seeing cyclists riding these amazing bikes on London’s roads.

Items needed on your trip

Before setting out make sure you’ve packed your travel card, bus pass and a debit card or credit card, a bottle of drinking water and a helmet!

On arrival at Hyde Park (situated in Central London), look out for the Barclays Bike Docking Station. Found one at the entrance to the Park. Go to the ticket machine next to the docking station to choose your desired time scale for hiring and make your payment using a debit or credit card, then collect your receipt.

Barclays Bike Docking Station

Barclays Bike Docking Station








Barclays Bike Ticket

Barclays Bike Ticket

Once you’ve obtained your ticket, your are good to go!

I rode from the entrance of Hyde Park Corner, along the bank of the Serpentine Lake where I could see sunbathers on sun loungers, ducks quacking and rivets on the lake, then on to Knightsbridge and finally back to the docking station.

The benefits of hiring a Barclays Bike is that it enables those who can’t afford a bike of their own, the opportunity to ride one. They are ideal for short journeys, a quicker way to travel around London, ozone friendly, affordable and you get the added health benefit of a work out.

You don’t have to ride on a main road if you don’t want to because Hyde Park has cycle lanes, that accommodate Barclays Bike. But if you can’t ride a bike, it might just be a good idea to learn how to cycle.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a companion either because there were cyclists cycling like myself having fun riding Barclays Bikes and having a great time as well. There were people of various age groups, like pensioners, groups of young adults, teens and families cycling.

The Barclays bike scheme has since been replaced with Santander bikes, which happened in 2015.

Is cycling safe?

Early this year (March and April 2024), I spoke to some of you about the joys of cycling and you have expressed a fear of getting on a bike and cycling on London roads. One way of getting around this fear is to contact your local borough for cycling lessons, provided you have an interest. They might be able to give you some support or signpost you to an organisation that can. After falling off my bike during the lockdown, I lost my confidence in cycling and it has taken me several months to get back on a bike. at the moment, I would rather ride my bike, comfortable Brooks trainers, in a park on a quiet side street or in the company of other cyclists.

You might want to consider cycling in a local park or hire a Santander bike in a there, for example, Hyde Park. Some parks have cycle lanes for safety. Check the details on how to hire one of these bikes.

Would you consider hiring a bike, purchase one to use on the roads or in a park? Drop me a line or two. Happy cycling.