London's Cycle Hire scheme set for major expansion

photo The London Cycle Hire is being expanded by 2000 bikes after only six months of operation

The London Cycle Hire scheme is being expanded across a large area of east London, and more docking points will be provided in the city centre.

In time for the 2012 London Olympics, the Cycle Hire scheme will include all of the borough of Tower Hamlets and parts of Hackney in the east.

The expansion will provide up to 2000 more bikes being used for the scheme, taking the total up to 8000.

Users will be able to use the bikes to visit North Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, Bow, Canary Wharf, Mile End and Poplar.

Though the docking stations will get close to the Olympic site, there are no plans as yet to expand Cycle Hire into the 2012 complex.