The Cycle Superhighways had a mixed reception and Cycle Fridays was an almost comical failure but has Boris Johnson finally struck gold with his cycle hire scheme?
After repeated failed attempts to register online, I finally managed to sign up via the call centre, and I'm looking forward to getting my key and having a go.
There are lots of problems with the scheme, the biggest of which are the overly complex registration process, and the severe shortage of stations in South London and outside zone one.
But grumbling aside I think there's little doubt that we will look back at this as the high point of Boris's mayoralty, as the day where he finally got round to *doing something.*
The bikes look good (Barclays logos aside) and they're attracting media interest in a way that none of Boris's other half-baked schemes have managed.
So no it wasn't his idea and at £140 million it hasn't been provided "at no cost to the taxpayer" but I have little doubt that this will transform how many people see Boris as Mayor.
The likes of Simon Jenkins won't be happy about it and no doubt stories of vandalism and tragedy will plague the scheme for years to come.
But if TfL can get the scheme to work well then this could be a start of something great for Londoners.
And with little else to boast about after two years, could this finally be the start of something great for Boris as well?