Boris Bikes mean business

From pest control companies to Park Lane hotels, London businesses are embracing the Cycle Hire Scheme.

It is not just individuals who are benefitting from the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme, businesses are too.

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor’s transport adviser, said: “Both commuters and businesses have fully embraced Barclays Cycle Hire which is testimony to the guile and ingenuity that makes London such a smart place to do business.

“It shows a real shift in the culture of the city as it reaps the rewards of cycling; both financial and environmental. This is good news for everyone who wants to live and work in a cleaner, greener city.

Pest controllers Cleankill began using the new hire bicycles to beat the traffic and reduce its carbon footprint.

Manager Ian Miller said: “It’s brilliant. I used to use the tube and occasionally my car, but now I hire a bike. I find it’s faster than other forms of transport and I feel much healthier for it. Our customers are very keen that we are a ‘green’ pest control operation so they love the fact that I use a bike to reach them – plus I’m saving the company money.”

Southwark-based IT Services company, Octavia, saw the advantages of adopting Barclays Cycle Hire from the very start.

CEO, Giles Sirett said: “We carry out around 100 business journeys a week across London and were keen to reduce the amount of time and money we spend travelling to jobs. We have a docking station located outside our offices and as most of our journeys are under 30 minutes, the cycle scheme proves to be very inexpensive and a fast way of getting to our customers.”

Simon Davies, MD of Clerkenwell based Dogstar Design, said: “The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme has completely changed the way we get around the City to visit our clients. In these times of reduced budgets we are able to save ourselves and our clients money by using the bikes to travel for free to meetings, at the same time we have reduced the amount of time we spend travelling.”

The InterContinental Hotel in Park Lane uses Barclays Cycle Hire to offer guests another way around London. Head Concierge Simon Rose said: “Barclays Cycle Hire is great way for our guests to see parts of the city that they would be less likely to uncover travelling by Tube.”

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