New Nationwide Bike Hire Scheme, Bike & Go Launches

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Bike & Go, a nationwide bike hire scheme, will go live at Liverpool Central Station on Tuesday 13th August. Phillip Darnton, executive director of the Bicycle Association of Great Britain, will officially launch the scheme, which has been backed by parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport, Norman Baker MP.

A new national bike hire scheme launches today. The Bike & Go scheme will be available at 50 stations across the UK with over 500 bikes

Norman Baker MP commented: “Encouraging people to travel sustainably is all about making it easier and more convenient for people to make greener travel choices. That is why DfT have provided £1.65m for this scheme.

Bike & Go, a nationwide bike hire scheme, will go live at Liverpool Central Station on Tuesday 13th August. Phillip Darnton, executive director of the Bicycle Association of Great Britain, will officially launch the scheme, which has been backed by parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport, Norman Baker MP.

This is UK’s first major station cycle hire programme, offering rail passengers the opportunity to complete the final phase of their journey by bicycle. Providing low cost, rapid and convenient cycle rental, it is being launched by the three rail franchises, Merseyrail, Northern Rail and Greater Anglia.

Bike & Go will be available at 50 selected railway stations on these networks, covering Merseyside, the north west, the north east and East Anglia. It is aimed at improving the door-to-door journey of rail passengers and is modeled on the Dutch Railways OV-fiets station cycle hire concept.

Bikes are high quality and real time information is available on the mobile website. The annual subscription fee is £10 and cycle hire costs £3.80 for 24 hours, equivalent to an average bus fare. The scheme itself was around £2m.

Phillip Darnton said: “I believe that the Bike & Go scheme not only provides a great new way for people to fall back in love with cycling across the country, but is also a practical way for commuters to try a different way of transport for getting to their final destination after traveling on a train.”

Transport minister Norman Baker commented: “Encouraging people to travel sustainably is all about making it easier and more convenient for people to make greener travel choices. That is why DfT have provided £1.65m for this scheme, which does just that, by offering rail users affordable bike hire for their onward journey from the station. I want to see more schemes like this that support sustainable travel and give people a viable door-to-door option.”

Kaj Mook, Bike & Go director and customer service director, commented: “This is the first national bike scheme in the UK and thanks to the geographical spread of the three networks, its impact is potentially very high. We are confident that rail passengers will be delighted to have another way of finishing their journey, quickly, conveniently and in a cost effective way.”

Attendees who subscribe and experience the bikes for themselves on the day of the launch will have the chance to win a trip to Amsterdam and will be awarded two free Bike & Go rentals.

For more information on the brand new scheme, visit http://www.bikeandgo.co.uk and register.

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