To hire (rent) a bicycle in London at one of the Santander Cycle docks, is it necessary to have a chip-and-pin credit or debit card? Or will an old fashioned magnetic stripe card suffice? How about a chip-and-signature card?
- Yes, it is necessary to have a chip and PIN bank card.
- No, an old fashioned magnetic stripe card won't suffice.
- No, a chip and signature card won't help.
The card reader at the dock just allows the chip part of the card to be inserted from the bottom of the keypad. The card reader doesn't have a slot to swipe a magnetic bank card. The dock is unattended/unmanned so there is no scope of giving a signature.
For the sake of completeness: As you mentioned earlier, yes this way of operation is meant for one time tourist rentals and the occasional rider. And you also mentioned that the other options for registering would benefit Londoners.