A new bike hire scheme has been proposed for Worcester next spring.
If approved by Worcestershire Country Council, the scheme could see 225 bicycles – 175 of them electric – for hire by various means, including by the minute, from numerous locations across the city.
Worcester City Council’s aim is that 85% of residents would be within a five-minute walk from their home to access a bike.
Thus, it is expected that the bikes would be available from more than 50 different parking bays.
The project is to be supported by part of a £4.5m Active Travel Fund, one of five projects allocated money from the city council’s successful bid for £19.6m from the UK government’s Towns Fund.
Some £700,000 has been earmarked for the bike share scheme, which would launch in May 2024 if plans are approved by councillors on 23 October.
Worcester City Council’s managing director, David Blake, said: “The bike share scheme will provide residents and visitors with a convenient and easy option for journeys around the city.
“Increasing the accessibility of cycling as an alternative means of travel will also help support the council’s goals to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality across the city.”
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