Brighton & Hove's bike share scheme

Bike share bike stood against graffitiThe Brighton Bike Share scheme is being rolled out across the city.

There will be 450 Social Bicycles, also known as SoBi smartbikes, available for hire in central Brighton & Hove stretching along Lewes Road towards Brighton University and the University of Sussex.

Hiring a bike for one hour will cost £1.80, charged at 3p per minute, or £72 per year. The annual cost includes one hour of bike use every day.

Latest updates

The installation of 50 bike share hubs and docking stations in the city began at the start of July. Work is continuing with the following sites. 

Hubs installed from 14 August 2017


  • Lewes Road/ Edinburgh Road
  • Montague Place
  • Pavilion Buildings
  • North Street (Barclays Bank)

More locations will follow in the coming weeks.

About the scheme

The Brighton & Hove bike share feasibility work was first undertaken in 2009, revisited in 2014 and the scheme was given the go-ahead in November 2015, following full funding approval.

Infrastructure and start-up costs for the scheme are £1.45 million. £1.16 million is funded by Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and £290,000 is funded by Brighton & Hove City Council.

Popular sites in the city, including the seafront and Brighton Station, were suggested as potential hubs with the scheme area extending along the A27 corridor and the University of Sussex and Brighton University campus sites at Falmer.

Informal consultation on the hubs affecting street parking was carried out with residents, businesses and councillors in the direct vicinity of the sites from August to December 2016.

In January 2017 the council awarded a three year contract to run the new bike share scheme to UK-owned operator, Hourbike. The operator is responsible for managing and maintaining the service.

Further information

Go to our Bike Share scheme FAQs page to find out more about the scheme.

Email if you have any questions.

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