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Cycle Hire scheme going onwards and upwards

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People have taken almost 500 rides a day on West Midlands Cycle Hire bikes following their launch in central Birmingham last month.

Many took the opportunities offered by sunny weather and school half-term holiday to give the distinctive grey and green bikes a go, with daily rides in Birmingham peaking at 714 on Saturday, June 5.

A total of 43 docks and more than 300 bikes were launched on the streets on Monday, May 24, and in the first 14 days, 6,926 journeys were taken with users covering a combined distance of more than 23,000 kilometres.

Sandwell is due to join the scheme later this month, and a further 35 docking stations are scheduled to be installed in central Birmingham in July.

Cllr Ian Ward, WMCA portfolio lead for transport and leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Cycle Hire has made it possible for more people to take a bike for a ride without facing the barrier of buying their own bike or needing the space at home to store one.

“If we can replace shorter car journeys with cycling and walking, we can make real progress in achieving our air quality and climate change targets as well as improving the health of the region.”

Across the region since launch in March:

  • Users have made 46,000 journeys, clocking up almost 150,000km
  • The average ride lasts 37 minutes, covering 3.26km
  • More than 22,000 people have tried the bikes

 Spending on cycling and walking in the West Midlands has reached £10 per head for the first time setting the region on the road to achieve the target of increasing cycling to reach 5% of all trips taken by 2023.

 Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, added: “We are so far exceeding our early expectations and if the trend continues will be looking to grow the scheme with more docks, more bikes and more locations.”

To sign up or find out more, visit the West Midlands Cycle Hire website.

 

Written by: David Watkins

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