18 March 2013

A pioneering urban bicycle-hire scheme – similar to the successful Boris Bikes initiative in London – will soon be coming to Northampton.

Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council are developing an initiative in the town.

Like other cycle schemes operating nationally and in Europe, people would become members of the scheme. They then enter a PIN code to release a bike from one of the docking stations, returning it when they have completed their journey. Charges vary depending on the length of the journey.

The locations for the docking stations across the town include the University campus at Boughton Green Road, Northampton railway station, the entrance to Becket’s Park, the Skatepark at Midsummer Meadow, Brackmills and the new bus interchange in the town centre.

Cllr Jim Harker, Leader of the County Council said: “This sort of scheme, which was pioneered in London, has proved enormously popular and makes a huge difference in easing congestion and associated pollution on our roads.

“I’m very excited about seeing a similar initiative in Northampton and it fulfils one of our key ambitions for a cleaner, greener and healthier county.

“I’m delighted that we’re able to work with colleagues at the Borough Council and I’m confident together we can create a scheme that will really benefit the town.”

Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said: “Cycle-hire schemes are very popular and introducing one in Northampton will bring the healthy benefits of cycling, improve the environment for local residents as well as attracting more visitors to the town.

“Working with the County Council we are exploring how the scheme will operate, the best locations for docking stations in Northampton and how it could get people cycling more safely and more often.”

Work is currently being carried out to finalise the details of the cycle hire scheme, including costs and the bikes will be available for hire later this year.