Residents are being asked to suggest names for a new bicycle hire scheme which is due to launch in Northampton this spring.
Similar to London’s ‘Boris Bikes’, the £150k scheme will initially provide 50 bikes for public hire for leisure rides, commuter journeys, shopping trips and student travel from 10 docking sites inside and outside the borough.
The bikes will be fully adjustable for size and comfort and designed for both casual and more experienced cyclists.
The hire system is entirely automatic and the bikes will be available to hire at any time of the day, seven days a week.
Northamptonshire County Council, in partnership with Northampton Borough Council, has announced that Hourbike Ltd was the winning bidder for the contract to assist in the provision and delivery of the scheme.
If it is a success, it could be extended.
Councillor Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “This scheme is tremendous news for the town for a whole variety of reasons.
“Cycling is becoming increasingly popular as a mode of transport and we’re gradually improving the dedicated cycling infrastructure as funding allows.
“Not only is cycling beneficial in terms of health improvements, but by getting more people cycling it helps reduce traffic congestion and associated air pollution.”
Cllr David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “With cycle hire proving to be popular in other areas of the country, we look forward to welcoming this scheme to Northampton for locals and visitors to enjoy.
“The scheme will be a great benefit to the town, attracting more people and encouraging them to get active. We hope that everyone will take advantage of this great facility.”
The competition prize is an iPad mini and a VIP invitation to the official launch event in May.
The name of the scheme will ideally be one-word long, catchy and memorable, giving a positive message and if possible a local connotation.
To enter your suggestion either email firstname.lastname@example.org, comment on www.facebook.com/CycleNorthants or Tweet @CycleNorthants.
The competition closes on Wednesday, February 19. The winning entry will be judged by the county and borough leaders.