Raleigh yesterday launched the first of 50 planned hire bike schemes at Liverpool South Parkway.
Having purpose built 600 ‘Amsterdam’ bikes alongside Batavus, also part of the Accell Group, the hire bike roll out will be complete by the end of the year on lines run by Merseyrail, Northern Rail, and Greater Anglia.
A full schedule and list of train stations set to benefit from the hire bikes, to cost £3.80 per day to hire, can be found here. An annual fee is also available.
Yesterday’s launch event was attended by executive director of the Bicycle Association Great Britain, Phillip Darnton OBE and Parliamentary Undeer Secretary of the State for Transport, Norman Baker MP.
Mark Gouldthorp, Raleigh Managing Director, said: "Bike & Go is a simple and effective concept which comes at a time when millions of us around the country are falling back in love with cycling, whether we’re riding for pleasure or as a means of getting from point A to B.
"We’re proud to support a scheme which encourages cycling as a convenient and eco-friendly mode of transport with added health benefits, something which Raleigh has sought to do throughout its 126 year history."
The bike itself is kitted out with dynamo activated lights and luggage carriers front and rear, two integral locks, seven gears and an ergonomic saddle, among other features.
Availability of bikes is to be kept updated via an online feed so commuters can be sure there will be a bike at both ends of their journey.