Northampton’s 2 year old “Boris Bike” scheme has been hailed as a success, with their 50 bikes having been hired for almost 7000 hours by 2000 riders in 13,000 journeys. They equate this to some 57,386 miles or almost 2 ½ times around the world.
Councillor Ian Morris, Northamptonshire county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment was quoted as saying: “Our Cycle CoNNect scheme has proved to be a huge success since it was first introduced two years ago. The scheme is open to all residents and visitors of Northampton and enables people who may not have a bike of their own to get around the town quickly and cheaply. It also encourages people to keep fit and healthy through physical activity.
“It’s a scheme we are incredibly proud of and, as we mark the second anniversary, I hope even more people sign up for this free cycle hire scheme.”
Launched by Northamptonshire County Council, highways service provider KierWSP, Northampton Borough Council, Brackmills Estate and the University of Northampton, there are now 50 bikes for public hire from nine hubs around the town, which are at
• Avenue campus
• Becketts Park
• Gowerton Road
• Midsummer Meadow
• Park campus
• Pavillion Drive
• Salthouse Road
• Northampton train station
• Wood Hill
To hire a Cycle CoNNect bike, users just need to sign up online. Once registered, you’ll receive a membership number and pin, which can be keyed in at any docking station to release a bike. Cycles can be returned to any docking station, not just the one you rented it from.
As a promotional offer, the first 30 minutes of each rental is free of charge, then £1 per hour up to a maximum of £5 per day.
It’s good to see a town with a population of some 212,000 successfully operating a scheme of this sort and hopefully this will encourage the next band of towns with a smaller population to follow suit.
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