London office workers fed up of the packed out tube may soon be able to take advantage of a new cycle scheme coming to the capital.
A feasibility study as to whether the bicycle hire initiative could work has shown it is achievable and the mayor Boris Johnson is now looking for a firm to run it.
From May 2010, people will be able to pick up and drop off hire bikes at 400 locations across the nine London boroughs and several Royal Parks.
It is good news for those who need to travel to commercial property in London but do not want to take public transport.
Mr Johnson said: “I hope a central London cycle hire scheme will inspire Londoners as a whole and not just the adventurous few to get on their bikes and give cycling a go.
“I believe that the work we are carrying out can make the capital a city of cyclists, where to use two wheels is common not curious.”
Kulveer Ranger, the mayor’s director of transport policy, added that he hoped to achieve a 400 per cent increase in cycle journeys in London by 2025.