West Midlands Cycle Hire comes to Birmingham
As of Monday 24th May, more than 300 bikes have been distributed among 43 docking stations in key locations in and around central Birmingham, including: Broad Street and Victoria Square. Later this year, these numbers are set to rise to 83 docking station and more than 700 bikes, covering a large area stretching out towards the University of Birmingham. The bikes are being made locally by the renowned Pashley company in Stratford-upon Avon.
The scheme is being implemented as a result of successful roll outs of the scheme over the last two months in: Coventry, Solihull, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Since March this year, more than 14,000 people have used the bikes on the trial rollouts.
The cycle hire scheme has been launched by Transport for West Midlands in a bid to encourage more people to become active and healthy and provide a more environmentally friendly alternative for commuters. Investing in cycling facilities plays a major role in the reigon’s plan to improve air quality in order to achieve its #WM2041 net-zero carbon target.