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.


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

ibikelondon 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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