Comparative data from various international bike share schemes show that London's cycle hire scheme is one of the least used and is the most expensive public scheme to operate. The lack of a cycle network in central London is likely to be the main reason why usage is so much lower.
Whereas each bike in Barcelona's scheme is used over 10 times per day, London's are used just 3 times.
'Boris Bikes' are used less than half as often as the Parisian Velib' scheme.
The study, undertaken by US-based sustainable transport think tank ITDP, explored data from four of the biggest schemes in Europe and a range of north and south American schemes, and made recommendations for how to run an effective bike share scheme.