Barclays Bike API data feed

I’ve been working on aggregating data regarding the number of Barclays bikes there are available at certain docks. I had tried using some third-party Barclays Bike API sources because I didn’t realise that TFL already had easily accessible data for this.

The third-party API sources that I had tried proved to be unreliable and VERY slow so I looked to creating my own. I first had the idea to scrape the JSON data directly from the source of Barclays Cycle Hire map page until I found something much better.

Here is a direct link to an XML hosted by TFL of all cycle docks. An easy SimpleXML job in PHP got me exactly what I wanted.

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/syndication/feeds/cycle-hire/livecyclehireupdates.xml


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