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Get notifications on Slack for specific Santander Cycles docking station availability in London.

Example use case: you use the same bike docking stations every day to and from work; by deploying this app on Heroku you can set up (**free) scheduled daily notifications** on Slack with the number of bikes and spaces available at those specific docking stations.

Simple Ruby app.

Getting Started

  • Join Slack (on their free plan) if you haven't already.
    You can set up a new team just for yourself to receive notifications such as this app provides.

  • Setup a Slack webhook where the notifications will be sent to.

Run locally


Create a .env file by copying the example.env and amend the environment variables in it:

BIKEPOINT_COMMON_NAMES=Abbey Orchard Street, Westminster;Abbotsbury Road, Holland Park

  • SLACK_WEBHOOK_URL use the URL provided by the Slack webhook you set up in the "Getting Started" section above.

  • BIKEPOINT_COMMON_NAMES - You can keep the defaults to get up and running initially. Then you can replace the defaults provided with a semi-colon separated list of the docking station names that you would like to be notified about. (The last entry in the list does not need a semi-colon after it but will work fine either way.)


  • bundle

  • heroku local

    This should send a notification to Slack.

Deploying to Heroku

heroku create --region eu
heroku config:set SLACK_WEBHOOK=put_your_slack_webhook_url_here
heroku config:set BIKEPOINT_API_URL=
heroku config:set BIKEPOINT_COMMON_NAMES=put_the_names_from_your_.env_file_here
git push heroku master

Alternatively, you can deploy your own copy of the app using the web-based flow:


More information about Ruby on Heroku:

Run the tests locally

Just run rspec from the project's root folder