'Successful first month' for Brighton bike share scheme

The first 30 days have seen over 9,000 registrations to the Brighton and Hove bike scheme
The first 30 days have seen over 9,000 registrations to the Brighton and Hove bike scheme

More than 9,000 people have signed up to BTN Bikeshare in its first month, operators have said, with users cycling 50,000 miles so far.

The scheme was launched on September 1, and allows residents and visitors to hire the bikes for 3p a minute.

There are 450 'Life Bikes' in the city for hire

There are 450 'Life Bikes' in the city for hire

Operated by Hourbike, and sponsored by Life Natural Spring Water, cyclists are collectively making an average of 800 journeys a day on the bikes.

Tim Caswell, owner of Hourbike, said: “We came in knowing Brighton and Hove is a unique city with a strong cycling culture, but still the usage figures are even better than we could have imagined! None of our other schemes across UK and Europe have had such a strong first month.”

Cllr Gill Mitchell, chair of the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “It’s encouraging to hear that BTN Bikeshare has had a successful first month and that the bikes are proving popular with both residents and visitors to the city.”

The scheme has 450 bikes and 50 docking stations across the city, including at Brighton station, Brighton Marina, the universities and Hove Town Hall.

Residents and visitors can hire and locate the Life Bikes via the 'SoBi' app

To register for BTN BikeShare membership, visit: www.btnbikeshare.com