ON YOUR BIKE: West Midlands Cycle Hire launched
Credit: Transport for West Midlands
West Midlands Cycle Hire has opened to the public.
Distinctive grey and green bikes available on the streets of Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton. It is to be rolled out across other parts of the West Midlands over the course of the year and there will eventually be 170 fixed docking stations and 1,500 bikes for hire across the region, of which 150 will be powered e-bikes.
Up to 20 docking stations have been placed at key locations around Wolverhampton, including outside the bus station, with five docks also up and running in Sutton after a successful month-long trial in the town and at the moment will only be available for hire for essential journeys and daily exercise. The bikes in both locations can be unlocked via the Beryl Cycle Hire smartphone app.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the WMCA, said: “I am really pleased to get our West Midlands Cycle Hire scheme up and running and see the new bikes out on the streets of Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton ready to be used. The scheme is all part of our wider plans to promote and improve cycling across the region, as we continue to invest millions in our 500-mile Starley Network of safe cycle routes, as well as help fund a range of community-led projects through the Better Streets Fund.
“Not only is cycling brilliant for people’s fitness and physical health, but it also helps reduce the number of cars on the road, helping us to tackle congestion, air pollution, and the climate emergency we are facing as a region. As we emerge from lockdown I’m sure our Cycle Hire Scheme will prove to be incredibly popular for cyclists both young and old, and I would urge people of all abilities to give the bikes a go.”
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