28 July 2016

Users of Northamptonshire’s Cycle CoNNect bike hire scheme have travelled almost 60,000 miles since its launch two years ago.

Over 2,000 members have clocked up 13,000 journeys since the initiative was launched, which offers people the chance to hire a bicycle for just £1 an hour.

The bikes have been on rent for more than 7,000 hours, which equates to 57,386 miles – the equivalent of travelling around the world almost two-and-a-half times.

Row of cycle connect bikes

Nine hubs

Launched by Northamptonshire County Council, highways service provider KierWSP, Northampton Borough Council, Brackmills Estate and the University of Northampton, there are now 50 bikes for public hire from nine hubs around the town.

County council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment Cllr Ian Morris said: “Our Cycle CoNNect scheme has proved to be a huge success since it was first introduced two years ago.

“The scheme is open to all residents and visitors of Northampton and enables people who may not have a bike of their own to get around the town quickly and cheaply. It also encourages people to keep fit and healthy through physical activity.

“It’s a scheme we are incredibly proud of and, as we mark the second anniversary, I hope even more people sign up for this free cycle hire scheme.”

How it works

To hire a Cycle CoNNect bike, users just need to sign up online. Once registered, you’ll receive a membership number and pin, which can be keyed in at any docking station to release a bike. Cycles can be returned to any docking station, not just the one you rented it from.

The hubs are at:

  • Avenue campus
  • Becketts Park
  • Gowerton Road
  • Kingsthorpe
  • Midsummer Meadow
  • Park campus
  • Pavillion Drive
  • Salthouse Road
  • Northampton train station
  • Wood Hill

As a promotional offer, the first 30 minutes of each rental is free of charge, then £1 per hour up to a maximum of £5 per day.

Sign up

For more details about the scheme please go to www.cycleconnect.co.uk.