Chris Boardman with business leaders

Have your say on Cycle Hire Scheme

Liverpool businesses and residents are being urged to air their views on the city’s new cycle hire scheme.

The scheme is due to launch later this year, offering people a cheaper, healthier and more environmentally friendly way of getting around the city.

With a planned 1,000 cycles available for hire at 60 on-street stations, the Liverpool City Cycle Hire Scheme is set to be the biggest of its kind in the UK, outside London – running 24-hour-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.

Now, as part of the consultation over the plans, a survey has launched by City Central BID and Liverpool Commercial District BID on behalf of Liverpool City Council. It aims to gauge the views of businesses and members of the public on the scheme and is available to view at

The survey, which will help to inform and shape the proposals for the scheme, gives people the chance to express their views on where the stations should be situated, what types of trips they would use the bikes for and how much they think scheme membership should cost.

There have been hundreds of responses already, with nine out of 10 people saying they would, or would possibly, use the scheme when it’s introduced.

The deadline is Wednesday, 31 July. But it’s a good idea to get the questionnaire completed early, as there will be a prize draw on Tuesday, 18 June by Olympic champion Chris Boardman MBE, when one lucky person who has submitted their views will win £100 of shopping vouchers.

For further information on the Cycle Hire Scheme or the questionnaire, please contact Robert Perry on 0151 233 2647 or
About the Liverpool City Cycle Hire Scheme

• Liverpool City Council is using £1.5 million of Local Sustainable Transport Funding (LSTF) from the Department for Transport (DfT) to deliver the cycle hire scheme.

• It would see 1,000 cycles being made available for hire, at 60 stations, primarily in the city centre.

• The ‘self-service’ operation will run 24-hour-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, with cyclists able to pay using their mobile phone or cash card – and even receive the first half-hour for free.

• Plans are also being put forward to make a number of electric-assist bikes available for hire, as well as points for charging low-carbon vehicles – further boosting the cycle hire stations’ credentials as green travel facilities.

• It is hoped the scheme will help the city centre respond to increases in the number of residents, visitors and employees, and tackle climate change challenges by providing increased sustainable travel options around the city.

• The city council is holding discussions with a number of high quality cycle hire operators, and will shortly appoint one to take the project forward.

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