A complete of 1,164 of the rent bikes had been misplaced within the 9 months to the top of final September – nicely up on the 934 misplaced in the entire of 2020, in line with TfL responses to freedom of knowledge requests.
TfL classifies a motorbike as “lacking” if it isn’t returned 24 hours after being employed, however waits three months earlier than declaring it “misplaced” as many are discovered inside days.
The variety of misplaced bikes has been rising steadily since 2019, which TfL attributes to “a rise in crime and alter in buyer behaviour following the launch of dockless bikes”.
This means that some riders fail to grasp that the Santander-sponsored bikes must be re-docked in a docking station reasonably than left on the street.
As well as, 41 bikes had been stolen within the first 9 months of final 12 months, in contrast with 77 in 2020, and 65 had been damaged.
New bikes are fitted with GPS trackers when they’re added to the 12,000-strong fleet, and cameras are fitted at some docking stations which have been focused by criminals.
About 500 electrical Boris bikes are on account of be unveiled this summer to encourage their use by older or much less match individuals.
The bikes had been employed 10.9m instances final 12 months, and had been utilized by greater than one million particular person riders.
David Eddington, TfL’s head of cycle rent, mentioned: “We take cycle theft extraordinarily critically and are taking measures to discourage it, together with putting in GPS trackers on bikes, putting in cameras at choose docking stations and checking gear at docking stations to make sure bikes are returned correctly.
“Sadly, bike theft basically is rising however the increased numbers of misplaced and stolen bikes additionally mirror the way in which we report thefts.
“We work onerous to recuperate bikes, which may take time.
“Lots of the bikes recorded as misplaced and stolen lately are more likely to be discovered. As bikes are recovered, we take away them from the misplaced and stolen figures.
“We proceed to work intently with the Metropolitan Police Service to discourage theft of Santander Cycles, to make sure that bikes can be found for individuals who want them.”