Just 16 months after its official launch, Liverpool’s citybike cycle hire scheme has passed a major milestone, with an estimated 500,000 miles travelled on the signature green bikes.
The hugely popular scheme is already the largest outside London and has become firmly established as a convenient and popular transport option for commuters, students, shoppers and tourists alike.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: “Since citybike was launched, people have really embraced it. citybike has raised the positive profile of cycling in Liverpool and trips being made by bike across the city continue to increase.”
New stations continue to be installed across the city to make choosing citybike an easy travel option. There are also special deals for students and businesses, who can opt to give employees access to citybike for short city journeys instead of using a company car.
Tim Caswell, from citybike operators Hourbike, said: “Half a million miles is a significant milestone. We have been really impressed with the way that citybike use has continued to grow consistently in Liverpool. People really do seem keen to use the scheme rain or shine, whether city residents or tourists.
citybike day hire costs from just £3 and for annual members the first half-hour of every journey is free.
Annual memberships are just £60 and include the first half hour of every journey free plus five hours of free cycle time for longer trips. Top-ups cost just £1 per hour.