Letting the bike take the strain

Brand ambassador Alison Walker at the launch of Abellio Bike & Go, a nationwide bike hire scheme, at Liverpool Central Station.
Brand ambassador Alison Walker at the launch of Abellio Bike & Go, a nationwide bike hire scheme, at Liverpool Central Station.
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Rail commuters will soon be able to make the final leg of their journey on two wheels, after the launch of a new nationwide scheme.

Bike & Go is the UK’s first major station cycle hire programme and will be available at 50 selected stations, including Blackpool North.

Providing “low cost, quick and convenient cycle rental”, it is being launched by the three rail franchises – Merseyrail, Northern Rail and Greater Anglia – and has the backing of parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport, Norman Baker.

It aims to improve the door-to-door journey of rail passengers and is modelled on a Dutch Railways concept. Rail travellers can find out when they can have bike on the move, as real-time information will be available on the mobile website. The annual subscription fee will be £10 and cycle hire costs £3.80 for 24 hours, equivalent to an average bus fare.

Blackpool will initially have 10 bikes, which may increase if demand warrants it.

There is no fixed start date yet, but the scheme is expected to be on the road in the next few weeks.

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

For more information visit www.bikeandgo.co.uk

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