Cartoon aims to help users make the most of bike hire initiative

In the three minute cartoon shown below, users are shown how to sign up for the scheme, pick up bikes at docking stations, told what to do if there aren’t enough spaces to return it where they want to, and given advice about safety and security.

It also reinforces the message that the scheme is best-suited for short trips across the capital, explaining that charges – which can be found on the TfL website – go up with time.

It’s well worth watching if you think you’ll be using the scheme, or passing the link on to anyone you think might be considering it, though we’re not sure whether bike thieves do actually go around in striped jumpers with a bag marked ‘swag’ that has a candelabra sticking out of it, but look out for Boris whizzing past at the end.

Meanwhile, there is a survey currently running on the TfL website that asks potential users what they would most like to learn at their cycle training. Although the number of votes cast to date has not been revealed, “How to cycle in heavy traffic and around roundabouts in central London” comes out comfortably ahead, with nearly half – 46% - selecting that option.

Given the high profile of accidents involving HGVs and cyclists in the capital, it’s little surprise that “ 
Where to position myself safely with lorries and buses” comes next, with 27% of the votes.

Next comes “How to find my way around and how to plan a route” at 14% - and as previously mentioned on road.cc, wouldn’t you know, there’s an app for that, or at least there will be shortly – followed by “How to share the road with other road users” at 6% and “How to gain more confidence,” with 5% of the vote.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.