Belfast’s public bikeshare scheme,
The Belfast City Council scheme, supported by the Department for Regional Development, features 300 bicycles, based at 30 docking stations positioned across the city centre.
Almost 1500 people have registered for the scheme ahead of today’s launch. Membership costs £20 for an annual subscription or £5 for a 3 day membership for visitors, tourists and casual users.
Bikeshare schemes are mainly aimed at facilitating short journeys, so the first 30 minutes of each rental are free of charge and the next 30 minutes will cost just 50p. There are small incremental charges per half hour thereafter.
To use the scheme, all users must register a debit or credit card, to which hire charges will then be charged directly. Failure to return a bicycle after 72 hours will result in a direct fine of £120.
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“Thanks to sponsorship by
“We have already had a huge amount of interest in the scheme, with lots of enquiries about extending it. We’re hoping it will be a big success and we’ll be able to look at expanding the network in the near future."
“I am delighted to support this scheme, both in terms of the funding my department has committed and by adding my own personal support for this forward-thinking initiative.
“Cycling, whether for recreation or short distance commuting can help us develop and maintain an active personal lifestyle and I would encourage everyone living, working, or visiting Belfast to give the Belfast cycle hire scheme a try.”
Frank O’Donnell, general manager of
The scheme, which is part of Belfast City Council’s Investment Programme 2012-15, will be operated by public sector service specialist, NSL. Docking stations are positioned from the Odyssey Arena to Bradbury Place, from Millfield to Central Station and the Gasworks, linking up with the Lagan towpath and National Cycle Networks. Operating hours for hire are 6am – 12 midnight. Bicycles can be returned to a docking station 24 hours a day.
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