Northampton’s bike hire scheme to be named ‘Cycle CoNNect’

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The name for Northampton’s Boris-Bike style hire scheme has been revealed as ‘Cycle CoNNect’. after more than 500 entered a county council competition to come up with a name.

The £150,000 project is initially providing 50 bicycles for public hire at any time of the day, every day, from ten sites across the town centre, Brackmills Industrial Estate and the main University campuses.

The bicycles may be used for leisure rides, commuter journeys, shopping trips and student travel.

‘Cycle CoNNect’ was chosen as the name for the initiative of over 500 entries from across the county, including many entered by schoolchildren.

The county council says the name represents the network of connecting locations you can hire the bikes - with the ‘NN’ referencing the town’s postcode.

Jo Ewan, from Northampton, came up with the winning name and as a result wins an iPad mini.

She said: “I was delighted to win the competition to name the forthcoming cycle hire scheme.

“I hope this scheme proves to be successful with Northampton residents of all ages, what a great way to get around town and keep active at the same time.”

The bikes will be fully adjustable and will all be of the same colour and design.

It is part of the county council’s wider ambition to improve sustainable transport links in Northamptonshire.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “I’m delighted with the response to the contest to find a name for this exciting new initiative. It was quite a tough job settling on a winning name as there were many creative entries.

“As a county council we’re very keen to encourage sustainable forms of transport and this can be a challenge particular in the current financial climate.

“However this relatively low-cost scheme is a clever way of encouraging people of discovering the advantages of pedal power.

“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.”

Cycle CoNNect will be launched at an event at the beginning of May, from which time a website will go live and the bicycles will be available for hire.