A man from Shoreditch became the first person to be arrested for abusing one of ‘Boris’s Bikes’ as the new bicycle hire scheme was launched across the capital.
The 23-year-old man was seen kicking the bikes at the docking station in New Inn Yard, Shoreditch at around 2.30am on Friday morning, hours before the £140m scheme, the brainchild of London Mayor Boris Johnson, was officially launched.
The man was held on suspicion of criminal damage. Witnesses said he lashed out at one of the bright blue and grey machines. But rather than delivering a verdict on the scheme before it was even properly tested, he told bystanders he was simply angry after losing his mobile phone.
The New Inn Yard docking station is one of 12 in Hackney, out of 315 across the capital, providing a total of around 5,000 bikes for hire by the hour. Elsewhere in the East London Lines areas, there are 10 docking stations in Tower Hamlets, but none yet in Lewisham or Croydon. The majority of docking stations are clustered within central London and near landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.