London is studying a new public rental bike system that could be introduced in 2010. Inspired by cities such as Paris (shown above) or Barcelona, the system will be available in an area approximately equivalent to fare Zone 1 in central London, although the area could increase should the scheme work without problems. London's plans are to install about 6,000 bikes at 400 stations with up to 10,500 docking points. Compare this to Paris's 20,000 or Barcelona's 9,000 bikes, Europe's largest implementations of a bike-sharing system. Even with fewer bikes, the two-wheelers will probably look distinctive, as the plan calls for the model to be iconic to the city (think of the black cabs or double decker buses). The final model of the stations and bikes will be decided next year.

[Source: Transport for London]

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