31 July 2010

Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme: A Chic 1st time user!

It's Day 2 of the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme, and I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the newly registered members of it!

Meet Tyla: she lives & works in London and is an enthusiastic and rather chic cyclist, which is exactly what we like to see :) Today was Tyla's first time using the Scheme. She tells Vélo-City about her initial experience using the Cycle Hire Scheme in London...

 *What was the nature of your journey today?
The nature of my journey was leisure & to commute back home. I hate changing at Green Park as it's very crowded and stuffy and I nearly passed out the night before at that station! I chose to cycle to Holborn instead - a lot more comfortable way to move around :)


*Was this your 1st time on one of the bikes?
Yes, the very first time. I was Boris bike virgin till this evening.

*Where did you start and end your Cycle Hire Journey?

Southwark to Holborn.
 

*How long did your journey take?
About 10 minutes plus about 15 minutes messing around with a certain Jools before I got on the bike (!) and 5 minutes of double checking and panicking afterwards if I docked it correctly.

* Did you find it easy to use (from taking the bike to docking it at the end)?
It was fairly easy. The bit with docking it and trying to pick a different bike was slightly confusing but I am guessing there is a couple of minutes block between returning and picking a new bike. When I dropped off the bike, I used a docking station that was labeled as 'coming soon' but all the lights were working so I am hoping that I won't get overcharged. The downside is that the web service is not working at the moment hence I cannot even check if it all worked alright.

* The bike itself - what did you make of it?

I liked it. It was bit heavy compared to mine but I guess it added stability. Adapting the seat and changing gears was easy and I like the bag holder at the front!

*Did you get any interesting reactions from people while you were on it?

People starring, pointing and gesturing in a kinda 'Oh look it's the new bikes' way! Drivers were polite and stayed out of my way unlike when I am on my bike. I won't mention certain Jools who had to document every step of the way and including nicking the bike to have a ride of her own...




*Did you see many people on Barclays Bikes on your Journey?

Nope. I saw one person earlier in the evening but no one on my journey.

*What was your reason for joining the Scheme?

Because I love cycling and I prefer to bike between places in Central London than get on the Underground. Plus it's dead cheap.

*Would you recommend the scheme to other cyclists... and if so, why?

Yessss! Because it is a fun way to commute and well, it's so much cheaper and greener than any other mode of transport in Zone One.

*Your Cycle-Chic today is fantastic... What are you wearing today for your ride?
Today I am wearing...
"Baxter" black skinny jeans: Topshop
Shoes:  Hush Puppies 
Jacket: Diesel
Black top: H&M
Jewellery: Kizmet Jewellery
Coral-Red handbag: Topshop



Many thanks to Tyla for this interview! You can catch more of Tyla over on her Flickr Stream.
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6 comments

Tyla said...

why is the owner of the blog not including any of her photos of riding the bike? ;)

Lady Vélo said...

@ Tyla - Hehe! I've rectified this matter now at your request :)

Thank you for this interview - looking forwards to further Cycle-Hire adventures from you!

LC said...

Although in Manchester, I am very excited about the London Cycle Hire scheme. I really hope it's successful as I think it'll be a catalyst for shifting people's culture from car-dependent to cycle-dependent throughout the UK!!! :D xoxo

PS what two fabulous chic cyclists!!

Lady Vélo said...

@LC: It's great to hear that you are excited about it all the same! Indeed - it would be fantastic if it encouraged more people to commute using a bike in Central LDN than car (if possible for them)!

Thank you kindly for your kind words also - Chic is always fun! xx

Mark said...

A great blog Lady Velo! Fantastic to see you out there having fun and engaging with other chic cyclists!

Lady Vélo said...

@ Mark: Thank you kindly Sir! There will be more of that coming up soon... :)

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