Liverpool’s CityBike hire scheme – the largest outside London – celebrates its first anniversary today.
With that in mind, the scheme’s organisers have released some interesting stats from the first 365 days, most notably that there are now over 15,000 members registered in the city.
Having clocked up 313,800 miles over 55,650 separate hires, Liverpool’s users aren’t shy of a bit of mileage.
The docking point outside John Lewis in Liverpool ONE is thus far the most popular hire point of the 140 stations around the city. 1,000 bikes are currently in circulation.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport and Climate Change, took part in today’s celebratory bike ride. He said: “It’s clear that citybike has been a huge success during its first year. I’m absolutely delighted that the bikes have been such a big hit with the public.
“We are really fortunate to have such a fantastic initiative in the city and it’s great to see so many people using the bikes on a daily basis, whether they’re cycling to work or just taking a leisurely ride through the city’s parks. I’m sure the bikes will continue to grow in popularity over the coming years.”
It costs from £1 per hour to hire a citybike with subscriptions available for the day, week and year. Annual members get the benefit of the first 30 minutes of every rental free. All citybike users have to do is register their details online or by phone to receive a membership number and pin, which is then keyed into any citybike station to release a bike. Special membership rates are available for students and businesses.
A map of the hire points, with live stock updates, can be found here.