Free bike offer set for summer

Citycard bike scheme
Citycard bike scheme

A popular free cycle hire offer is being extended over the summer as part of Nottingham’s Cycle City campaign.

With £6.1m set to be invested in Nottingham’s cycling infrastructure, the free Citycard Cycle hire offer gives people that don’t cycle the opportunity to give it a go for free.

The free Citycard Cycle scheme is funded through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and has been expanded to include short term, day and week hire for residents and visitors. Pete Mathieson, head of public transport, said: “It’s brilliant to be able to extend the free hire throughout the summer, we hope it will encourage people to undertake more cycling trips whether on the commute to work or a leisurely ride around one of our excellent parks and open spaces. Now we are enjoying some sunny spring weather it is a great time to hire a Citycard Cycle and go for a ride.”

The number of on-street hire points has increased too, with 28 convenient sites in the city. If registered on to the scheme, it only takes a minute to send a text to hire a bike for the day – a Citycard isn’t needed. For longer term hire a Citycard is required. There are hire points at the tram stops in Hucknall, Bulwell and Phoenix Park.

There are now 500 Citycard bikes in the city and more than 3,000 hires were made during the free winter period. In March, 1,261 hires were booked, showing how popular the scheme has become.