Just for fun/mischief, I decided to check whether any hire (rental) terms were violated by transporting and riding the bicycle out of the country. I did not find terms listed on the website, so I submitted a web enquiry.
I would like to find out whether there are any restrictions on how far from the hire location the bicycle may be ridden or transported, presuming it is returned on time, and this would include whether there are any restrictions on transporting and riding the bicycle outside of Great Britain, again presuming that it is returned on time. Thank you.
Rebecca Kelly of Barclays Cycle Hire wrote:
Our ref: FJ / 101002255134
Thank you for your email, dated 25 December 2013, regarding the use of Barclays Cycle Hire machines.
For your information, in theory there are no restrictions on where you can take a bicycle. Please note, however, that you will be responsible for paying any charges incurred for keeping a bike for more than 30 minutes so we do recommend that users dock the cycles at the earliest opportunity to keep their extra ride charges to a minimum.
You are responsible for the bike whenever it is in your possession. Please refer to the terms and conditions for more information. Also, you should be aware that you will be charged £150 for any bike not returned within 24 hours.
Should you require information regarding any other Scheme related matter, please refer to our website http://www.tfl.gov.uk/barclayscyclehire
. Alternatively, you may also contact us using the details below, where one of our Customer Service Representatives will be happy to assist you.
Barclays Cycle Hire
Tel: 0343 222 6666
International: +44 (0)20 8216 6666
So I guess the OP won't be going up the river, as we Americans would say.
By the way, where is it stated that a cycle can be hired for 24 hours for £2? Isn't it £50?
Barclays Cycle Hire / What you pay
When you return your cycle, make sure the green light comes on to show the bike is securely docked.
If it doesn't, we'll continue to charge you for your journey.
includes unlimited journeys of up to 30 mins
(Registered users only)
Extra ride charges
if you keep a bike for 30 minutes or longer
Between 30 minutes and 1 hour
Up to 1 hour 30 minutes
Up to 2 hours
Up to 2 hours 30 minutes
Up to 3 hours
Up to 6 hours
Up to 24 hours (maximum)
If you keep a bike for over 24 hours: £150
If you damage or don't return a bike: Up to £300