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More stations added for Lincoln hirebike’s first birthday

Some four new docking stations and more bikes are being introduced to mark the one year hurdle of Lincoln’s short-term bike hire scheme, hirebike.b

The scheme was launched on August 23, 2013, with seven bike docks.

Since the scheme launched, 1,350 bikes have been rented and more than 1,000 people have registered to use the scheme.

Hirebike is funded through Access LN6, a multi-million pound programme to increase sustainable transport opportunities in Lincoln and Hykeham.

Thanks to additional funding from the Department for Transport, Lincolnshire County Council announced that Access LN6 will be looking to further expand the hirebike scheme in the next few months.

In order to mark the scheme’s first birthday, Lincolnshire County Council have introduced four new stations.

One of 48 bikes can now be rented from the following 11 locations:

  • Brayford Waterfront
  • Lincoln Central Train Station
  • Hykeham Train Station
  • Station Road
  • Kingsley Road
  • Newark Road (opposite Asda)
  • Birchwood Avenue (opposite Birchwood Centre)
  • Moorland Avenue (The Junction)
  • The Showroom
  • Burton Waters (two stations)
  • Lakeview Close (off Newark Road)

Two additional hirebike stations are also due to be installed at Skellingthorpe Community Centre and Carrington Drive (off Skellingthorpe Road) in the near future.

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Councillor for Highways and Transportation at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “One year ago, we launched a new bike hire scheme which had never before been seen in Lincolnshire.

“In the first 12 months, we’ve seen the membership grow month on month, and the number of rentals increase dramatically – especially over the summer months – in July alone, 200 bikes were rented.

“It’s great that people are using the bikes regularly for commuting to and from work, as well as socially. We hope that the new stations will widen the network even further and encourage even more people to have a go!”

To become a member and rent your first bike you can visit the website or call 01522 370 143.

Bikes are free for the first 30 minutes of every rental, and then £1 per hour. It is capped at £4 for a full-day rental.