New investment into BTN BikeShare fleet

£80,000 is to be invested into keeping the city’s BTN BikeShare fleet in good condition.

The money will be spent on fully refurbishing some of the fleet’s broken bikes and partially refurbishing others that require a little TLC.

The £80,000 has come from the council’s share of the surplus generated by BTN BikeShare. Any funds remaining from the refurbishment will be invested into the reorganised scheme next year.

Now into its fifth year and having carried passengers almost 3.5 million miles, the fleet of bikes is in need of some running repairs.

  • Some of the refurbishments will include:
  • Replacing controllers
  • Stripping down, respraying and rebuilding bikes which have been off the road
  • New seats and wheels
  • Repairing chips and paintwork
  • Rubbberising rusty front forks

Extra support

BTN BikeShare operator Hourbike will be bringing in additional staff to support the work.

Refurbishments will be carried out on bikes as and when they’re brought in for servicing. The number of bikes available for hire will not be impacted.

The investment will come ahead of a planned reorganisation of the scheme will also see the introduction of electric bikes in 2023.

Councillor Steve Davis, Co-Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee said: “It’s so important we continue to invest in our very popular BTN BikeShare scheme.

“Whilst I’m looking forward to seeing what the reorganisation of the scheme will bring, including new electric bikes that will hopefully make the scheme even more accessible, we have to ensure that the current fleet maintains a high standard and that bikes are safe and easy for people to use. 

“BTN BikeShare is a real community asset, and by ringfencing surplus for reinvestment back into the scheme, we can ensure BTN BikeShare continues to be something the city can be proud of and will help in our quest for a carbon neutral city by 2030."

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