BTN BikeShare has announced that the sustainable public transport scheme will officially launch on September 1, with more than 30 of the 50 docking stations in place across the city.
The 450 new ‘Life Bikes’, manufactured by US pioneer Social Bicycle (‘SoBi’), are the first in the UK to combine docking station and dock-less locking technology.
Users will be able to access and lock the Life Bikes at official docking stations along the seafront - from Hove Lawns to near the Brighton Marina, as well as inland as far as the university campuses. For further flexibility, riders will also be able to secure Life Bikes at public cycle parking locations. The remaining docking stations for the sustainable public transport scheme are set to roll out during September.
Residents and visitors will be able to hire and locate the bikes via the SoBi app. A casual rental plan, priced at 3p per minute (min spend £1), is ideal for occasional riding. More frequent users may prefer an annual membership which provides an hour of cycling, every day, for £72.
Tim Caswell, owner of Hourbike, the company providing and operating the scheme, said: “The scheme will be a very positive addition to the city, and has already largely been embraced by the community. We have seen how successful our bike share schemes have been in Reading, Oxford, and Liverpool - and these are cities that don’t have the same green credentials as Brighton & Hove, or the same bike technology.”
Jonathan Sharrock, Coast to Capital Chief Executive, added: “Coast to Capital provided significant funding for the Brighton and Hove Bike Share and we are delighted that it is launching this week. The scheme will deliver a multitude of environmental and health benefits, create new jobs and provide an excellent green transport option for both residents and visitors to the city.”
Infrastructure and start-up costs for the scheme are £1.45m. An award of £1.16m was granted by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership with match funding of £290,000 from Brighton & Hove City Council.
You can pre-register for BTN BikeShare membership now at www.btnbikeshare.com.
More information about the BTN BikeShare’s two pricing options: The information below will be available on totem poles situated next to the docking stations.
1.There is a casual option known as an ‘Easy Rider’ which is perfect for infrequent riders and day visitors to the city. There is a minimum charge of £1 per rental which includes 35 minutes ride time. After a total of 35 minutes, the rider will be charged 3p a minute. The maximum daily charge is £12.
2. There is the ‘Annual Rider’ option suited for regular commuters and city dwellers. The user is entitled to an unlimited number of rides. After a total of 60 minutes in a day, the 3p a minute charge will apply. Again, there is a maximum daily charge of £12.
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