Some 1,920 people have signed up to the Lincoln Hirebike scheme as annual members and the search is now on for the 2,000th member.
The scheme was launched by Lincolnshire County Council’s Access Lincoln Team in 2013 and there are now around 100 of the distinctive orange bicycles available to hire from 19 on-street docking stations across Lincoln and the LN6 area.
The 2,000th member will be presented with a goodie bag full of items to use on their two-wheeled journey.
Executive member with responsibility for sustainable transport, Councillor Richard Davies, said: “The number of people using the Hirebikes is very encouraging.
“It shows a real shift in the way that people are travelling around the city. Not only does cycling help provide you with a convenient and accessible way to travel around our great city, it also benefits your health and helps to reduce your carbon footprint. They are a great way to cycle without the expense of buying a bike and paying for its upkeep.
“The reduction in cars contributes towards easing congestion in the city centre which is also benefitting from various improvement schemes such as those on Canwick Road earlier in the year and the East West Link Road which will be completed early 2016.”
If you are a regular user of the bikes, an annual membership costs £20, letting you hire a bike for up to 30 minutes free of charge per rental period.
The cost of hiring a bike after the first half hour is then £1 per hour capped at £4 per period. As a casual member using the bikes costs £2 per hour, capped at £5 per rental period.
The most popular hire bike hotspots in August were:
- Brayford Wharf
- Lincoln Train Station
- Newark Road
- Birchwood Avenue
- Skellingthorpe Village
The Hirebike scheme is run by Hourbike on behalf of the council. For more information on the scheme or to become a member visit the website here.