Bike sharing

Bike sharing schemes enable anyone to borrow a bike for a journey in London. There are a number of different bike share schemes that currently operate in the borough.


Map of bike sharing schemes in Hackney

Lime cycle hire

Lime UK run a cycle hire scheme in the borough, where users can pick up and return electric bikes from a network of designated cycle hire parking bays.

You can hire bikes through a smartphone app which are used in a similar fashion to TfL Santander bikes. You can download the Lime app from the Apple app store or Google Play.

See the map below for locations of cycle hire parking bays in Hackney. These locations also appear on the Lime App. Users who park outside these designated bays when in Hackney may receive a fine.

Santander cycle hire

Users can pick up and return bikes from a London wide network of parking bays called ‘docking stations’. Santander docking stations in Hackney are generally found around Regent’s Canal, and in and around Victoria Park. You can find more information on the Santander cycles app or on TfL.

Bikes can be hired through a smartphone app and used in a similar fashion to Lime e-bikes.

You can download the Santander Cycles app from the Apple app store or Google Play.

See TfL’s website for more information on memberships and pricing.

Frequently asked questions about Santander and Lime bikes

Cargo Bike Share

Cargo Bike Share is an on-street, on-demand, cargo bike hire service. The bikes are publically available so business, residents, and other members of the public can hire them in order to make deliveries, collect shopping, or conduct other errands.

The scheme is part of the Zero Emissions Network, a joint initiative between:

  • Hackney Council
  • Islington Council
  • Tower Hamlets Council

The scheme is supported by the Mayor of London and is run in collaboration with micro-mobility provider Beryl.

Request on-street cycle parking

To request new cycle parking locations for bike sharing schemes in the borough, see On-street cycle parking.

Page updated on: 16 May 2023