South Kensington - Emperor's Gate, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 29.722 W 000° 11.119
30U E 695377 N 5708670
Quick Description: A docking station for Santander Cycles (new sponsors from February 2015). This docking station is on the south west side of Emperor's Gate close to the junction with Grenville Place.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/12/2015 2:50:22 AM
Waymark Code: WMNP2T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:

The following information is taken from the Transport fot London (TfL) website:

What you pay

It costs £2 to access the bikes for 24 hours and the first 30 minutes of each journey is free. Longer journeys cost £2 for each extra 30 minutes.

Bike access for 24 hours (the first 30 mins of each journey is free): £2

Extra ride charges (for journeys over 30 mins) for each extra period of up to 30 mins: £2


  • You must return a bike within 24 hours
  • You could be charged up to £300 if you damage a bike or don't return it

Extra information

  • Your bike access period begins as soon as payment is taken - not when you first use a bike
  • The scheme accepts all major credit or debit cards (it does not accept cash or Oyster)
  • You must be 18 or over to hire a bike, and over 14 to ride one
  • When you return your cycle, make sure the green light comes on to show the bike is securely docked. If it doesn't, we may continue to charge you for your journey

How it works

Step 1 - Hire

  • Go to the nearest docking station terminal with your debit or credit card and touch the screen to begin
  • Select 'Hire a cycle', follow the on-screen instructions and take the printed release code
  • You can hire up to four bikes at the same time (you'll need a separate release code for each bike)

Tip: Our cycle hire scheme is for short trips, so all journeys under 30 minutes are free from extra ride charges.

Tip: Each bike release code is valid for 10 minutes and only at that docking station. Bikes are valuable so don't let anyone see your code before you use it.

Step 2 - Ride

  • Take a moment to read our tips for safer cycling at the terminal
  • Choose your bike and check the tyres, brakes and bell
  • Type your five-digit release code into the docking point's silent keypad and pull the bike out when the green light appears
  • Adjust the saddle height and you're good to go!

Tip: The bikes have lights that come on automatically when you start pedalling.

Step 3 - Return

  • Push the bike firmly into any empty docking point across London
  • You must wait for the green light, which will show that the bike is securely docked (otherwise we will continue to charge you for your journey)
  • If the docking station is full, select 'No docking point free' at the terminal and follow the on-screen directions to get an extra 15 minutes free
  • To find a nearby space if the docking station is full, select 'Status of nearest docking station' at the terminal.
  • Remember, if you're not using the bike, dock it back!

Tip: If the bike is unsafe to ride, please let us know it needs repairing by pressing the 'Fault' button on the docking point within 10 seconds of docking it. Turn the saddle backwards to show others that it needs repairing.

Tip: You will need to wait five minutes before hiring another bike.

Emperor's Gate South Kensington London United Kingdom

Please see the detailed description for the breakdown of costs. Remember the golden rule try not to use a bike for more than thirty minutes.

Hours of Operation:

Other rentals available:

Type of Bicycle rental: Bike sharing system

Type of Bicycle sharing system (BSS): Deposit

Can tourists use the bicycles of BSS?: yes

Rentals or BSS website: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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