Boris Bike usage doubles as Londoners work around tube strike

Transport for London has revealed that the number of people using its hire bike scheme is at twice its normal level on Thursday, as Londoners find alternative ways to traverse the city thanks to the strike on the Underground.

Soho Square in the centre of the city turned into a bike park as swarms of the red Santander Bikes were deposited at the hub by people who work in the area.

London Underground workers are striking over pay and extended working hours as a result of the planned 24-hour tube system due to come in at weekends in late 2015. All 270 Underground stations are affected with all lines suspended.

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A spokeswoman told the Evening Standard: "The picture is of the Soho Square hub, where we have allocated space to allow users to bring their bikes to us when they're finished with them if they are unable to find an available docking station."

If you're planning on cycling home from work in London tonight you can find extra Santander Bike hubs at Houghton Street near the Strand, Finsbury Square, Butler Place, Waterloo, Stonecutter Street and Belgrove Street, according to TfL.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.