Breaking news, no. Braking news, perhaps. Anyone wondering what has happened to the Boris Bikes that once stood proudly in their docking station outside Barclays’ head office in Canary Wharf , read on.
The sturdy bicycles – one of which was caught up in a bomb scare last year when someone unwisely left their lunch on it (causing an explosives disposal robot to be called) – are noticeably absent.
The bike holders – now used by employees as a place to sit while enjoying a cigarette break – were placed in front of Barclays in 2012 when the scheme first launched in east London.
However, when the five-year deal with the bank ended this year and Santander took over sponsorship, a new bike station popped up in Canary Wharf (close to the former Wood Wharf), just as Barclays slammed on the brakes.
A spokesman for the bank said: “As the sponsor, we thought we should have a docking station outside our head office.
“When our sponsorship ended, we agreed with Tfl that it should be moved to another location on the estate, for which we are paying as we asked for it in the first place.”
So, for now, the ports will sit empty (TfL has yet to rule on the redundant docking station’s future). Perhaps support from a firm outside the banking sector will see them return.
Meanwhile, keen cyclists on the estate need not fear.
Santander Cycles can still be found outside Canary Wharf Tube station, at the corner by the docks opposite Canary Wharf Group’s residential development and in Montgomery Square.