Boris Bike turns up in Wolverhampton – 3 years after disappearing in London

Hire bike found 12 hours’ ride from capital in Bradley – well, 12 hours’ ride if your surname is Wiggins, maybe

by Simon_MacMichael   July 21, 2014  

London Cycle Hire Scheme Bikes On Docking Station (copyright Simon MacMichael).jpg

One of London’s Boris Bikes has turned up in Wolverhampton – three years after it went missing in the capital.

Police found the hire bike last month in the suburb of Bradley, although they are at a loss to explain how it got there.

In a post on Twitter, Wolverhampton CID said: "A London Cycle Scheme bike seized in Bradley! The bike will be going back to London where it has been missing since 2011!! @MayorofLondon."

No details were provided of who hired the bike, or whether they were charged a penalty – not returning one of the dark blue bikes incurs a charge of £150, while failure to return one at all attracts a penalty of £300.

An article in the Express & Star adds: “According to Google Maps it would take a cyclist around 12 hours to cycle the distance between London and Bradley.”

Given the weight of the clunkers, we suspect you’d need the appropriate surname of Wiggins to cover the distance in that time.

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“According to Google Maps it would take a cyclist around 12 hours to cycle the distance between London and Bradley.”

12 hours on a decent bike - 3 years on a Boris Bike Wink

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posted by andybwhite [215 posts]
21st July 2014 - 20:18

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Was the hirer was just looking for an empty docking station? Rolling On The Floor

posted by levermonkey [395 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 11:03

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Someone should ride it back to see if 12 hours is doable.

posted by Notsofast [49 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 11:33

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"not returning one of the dark blue bikes incurs a charge of £150, while failure to return one at all attracts a penalty of £300."

What's the difference between "not returning" something and "failure to return" that something? This difference seems to be worth an extra £150, so we should be told.

posted by severs1966 [109 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 11:15

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