BLACKPOOL’S Hire-A-Bike scheme is to be taken off the roads for the winter.
The pay-and-pedal project, which was launched in 2009, is being suspended from November 5 until next spring.
The 500 bikes, which are stationed at docking points around the town, will be removed and put into storage where repairs and maintenance work will be carried out.
Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport, said: “We know from past experience the bikes are used less frequently over the winter months.
“Leaving them out exposed to the elements causes damage which could be avoided if they were kept indoors.
“While the bikes are in storage we will be taking the opportunity to repair any wear and tear and also to consider how we can make the scheme work more effectively. There are certain areas such as on the Promenade where the bikes are very popular and we’d like to see this mirrored across the town.”
The scheme, funded by Blackpool Council, Blackpool NHS and Cycling England, is one of the largest of its kind in the country and was launched after Blackpool was named as one of 11 official cycling towns in the UK.