The Santander Cycles scheme (which is a name that isn’t taking over anytime soon) has launched a free app for iOS and Android smartphones.

It will enable people to find out the nearest docking station and bike availability and will send the bike release code straight to a user's mobile.

What else the app can do;

  • Send notifications showing the cost at the end of a hire period
  • View recent journeys and charges
  • The bike release code is valid for 10 minutes.
  • Tells users exactly when their hire period has started - and confirms the bike has been securely docked at the end of a hire period

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: “The new Santander Cycles app will make finding and hiring a bike in our great capital city even more of a doddle.

“The app is packed full of handy new features and is part and parcel of our plans to take the cycle hire scheme to the next level and encourage more people on to two wheels.”

Santander UK CEO Nathan Bostock said: "Since announcing our partnership in February of this year, we’ve already added 3% cashback on cycle hire journeys for customers using their 1-2-3 credit card, and the app further demonstrates our commitment to making the cycle scheme more fun, rewarding and easy."