Brighton cycling scheme rolls out 120 new bicycles

Cycling past Jubilee Library
Cycling past Jubilee Library

A bike sharing scheme in Brighton and Hove is expanding, with 120 bicycles hitting the city's streets this month.

BTN BikeShare said those signed up to the scheme have cycled more than one million miles since it launched 18 months ago.

Cyclists with BTN bikes on Hove seafront

Cyclists with BTN bikes on Hove seafront

The project allows cyclists to borrow bicycles from hubs all over the city on a pay-per-use basis or through an annual membership.

With the 120 new bikes, there will now be 570 bicycles available from 66 hubs around the city.

Tim Caswell, managing director of Hourbike, the company operating the scheme, said: “We’re thrilled to be expanding BTN BikeShare and hope that it will encourage even more people to cycle in and around Brighton and Hove.

"Thanks to the ongoing support from Brighton and Hove City Council we will have an additional 120 bikes in circulation, allowing us to service even more residents, commuters and visitors without impacting the availability of the bikes elsewhere in the city.”

BTN Bikeshare said 69,000 users have made more than 560,000 trips since it launched in September 2017, covering more than one million miles.

Further docking stations for the bikes have been installed in the west of the city, on Preston Street, Connaught Road and Portland Road, including a ‘virtual hub’ outside Portslade railway station.

The most recent hub was added last week in Rottingdean, a much-requested location. Additional sites are planned for later this year, with the aim to reach even more members of the community who will benefit from bike sharing.

To find out more about the scheme, visit: www.btnbikeshare.com