Brighton & Hove's bike share scheme

Bike share bike stood against graffitiWe've awarded a three-year contract to run the city’s new bike share scheme to UK owned operator Hourbike. 

The bike sharing scheme should be up and running by late Summer 2017, with up to 430 new Social Bicycles (“SoBi”) smartbikes available for residents and visitors to hire from hubs and docking stations at 50 locations across the city.  

The scheme will offer a range of tariffs to suit both regular and occasional users. Hire costs will start from £2 per trip or £8 per day with users having the option to pay as they go on a 3p per minute tariff (minimum £2 charge). Users can also purchase an annual membership at £72, which includes 30 minutes free use every day.

Hub locations

Popular sites, including the seafront and Brighton Station, have been put forward as potential hubs or ‘docking stations’ with the scheme also planned to operate along the A27 corridor, heading out to the university campus sites at Falmer.

There are now 54 locations in total proposed. Fourteen sites out of the 54 proposed will affect car parking. 

Informal consultation on 11 sites affecting parking took place from August 2016. Traffic Regulation Orders were advertised and the public invited to make representations. A further notification for sites in public open spaces, such as the seafront or parks, was also advertised at the time.

The first locations affected by traffic regulation orders were confirmed at the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee on 14 March. Three further sites are currently being consulted on.

The final locations and details are in the final stages of design and agreement with the bike share scheme operator, Hourbike. Sites on private land will be agreed between Hourbike and landowners.

Once finalised, locations and size of hubs will be reviewed over time as will the redistribution of bikes to ensure bikes are available for use at designated locations. The scheme could be expanded to other areas of the city once use of the initial scheme area is established.

Details of all proposed hub sites, subject to planning process, are available below. The site list will be updated again in early July 2017 once work on the hub starts.

The scheme will offer a range of tariffs to suit both regular and occasional users. Hire costs will start from £2 per trip or £8 per day with users having the option to pay as they go on a 3p per minute tariff (minimum £2 charge). Users can also purchase an annual membership at £72, which includes 30 minutes free use every day.

Shared bike scheme survey

During August 2016, we asked people about what would help make them want to use the service and what would make the service feel part of the city. All of these views will inform the implementation of the shared bike scheme. Thank you to everyone who shared their views.

Funding

The total capital cost of the scheme is £1.45 million. An award of £1.16 million has been granted by the Coast to Capital (C2C) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with match funding of £290,000 from Brighton & Hove City Council.

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