We finally “borked”!
Oh, get your minds out of the gutter! Borking is the new hip slang term for the Boris Bikes, or if you’re being really proper, the new Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme here in London. It’s a really great concept. Basically the city (paid for by Barclays) has put in a ton of bike racks, with really nice (although heavily branded) bikes all over the city. You become a member, get a little plastic-key-cardy-thing in the mail, and then you can rent a bike. It’s super easy. You just walk up to a bike, insert your little plastic-key-cardy-thing, and off you go! It’s not free, of course. There is an access fee, and a usage fee, but you get the first 30 minutes at no charge.
I loved the bike. It’s nice and sturdy, much like a Dutch bike, with 3 gears and cute little faux-basket in the front where you can strap stuff. The seat height is also adjustable. But mostly the bikes feel really strong, like they could take a beating and still come out the winner. I think that’s going to be important for long term viability.
So on Monday night Alex and I had dinner near the Gloucester Road tube station, and then headed over to Royal Albert Hall to attend a Prom concert (it was Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concert … divine!). Since we had a few spare minutes, and we saw a borking station, we hopped on board and zipped over to Hyde Park. We only had time for a brief swing up and down the promenade, but that was perfect because we had to get to concert hall. Alex thinks he’ll start borking from Vauxhall to work in the mornings — as long as he can find a route without a lot of traffic. We’re both still pretty intimidated by the cars, but I think with a little practice that will pass.
Posted on 08/09/2010, in Exploring the UK, Transit, travel, Within London and tagged Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme, bicycle rental, Boris Bikes, Dutch bikes, Free London Stuff, London Parks, Transit. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.