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Northampton’s ‘Boris bike’ cycle scheme is off to a good start

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A ‘Boris bike’ style cycle hire scheme in Northampton has had a promising start - with more than 350 rentals in the first two weeks.

Cycle CoNNECt launched last month allowing people to use bicycles from a series of ‘hubs’ across the town.

This week the county council has reported there have ben 362 rentals so far with 152 of those coming in the first week.

Becket’s Park has been the most popular of those ‘hubs’.

Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for highways, transport and environment, Councillor Michael Clarke, said: “This is a tremendous start for this very exciting project and I’m delighted that so many people have been able to use these wonderful bikes to cycle around Northampton.

“No doubt the glorious summer weather we’ve been enjoying has helped encourage people to take part in the scheme but I’m confident that once people get a taste for how easy and convenient Cycle CoNNect is they will continue to use it.”

The most common journey is from Becket’s Park to Becket’s Park, followed by Midsummer Meadow back to Midsummer Meadow.

Some regular customers have been taking advantage of the bikes, with the top two renters each hiring bikes 13 times.

Wednesdays and Sundays are the most popular bike-hire days with the average rental time ranging from just under 30 minutes on Mondays to more than two hours on Sundays.

Hire costs £1 up to one hour, then £1 for each additional hour up to a maximum of £5 per day. However initially, as a promotional offer, the first 30 minutes of each journey are free of charge.

Registration is free, though on registration, users will have to add an initial £3 of credit to their account, which will remain in place until they use it for rentals.

A total six hubs will be available from next week. These are in Mercer’s Row, Becket’s Park, Midsummer Meadow and in Gowerton Road, Salthouse Road and Pavilion Drive on the Brackmills industrial estate.

In the autumn hubs will be available at Northampton railway station (two hubs) and the University of Northampton (Avenue campus and Park campus).

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

 

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