With 22 thousand users in just six months the BTN BikeShare scheme in Brighton is the biggest in the UK outside of London.
Also nick-named as ‘Boris Bikes’ residents to the east of the city have said they would like to see the scheme extended to the Deans – with a docking station at the Saltdean Lido.
The aim would be to offer people in Brighton the chance to keep up their activity levels by borrowing a bike and riding along the coast for a swim in the summer – without having to then cycle back. The belief is that the scheme could then help bring extra customers for the Lido, including tourists and visitors.
When BTN BikeShare released their six-month user figures in March, they showed that over 120,000 trips had been made and users have ridden 225,000 miles – with the seafront being the most popular cycle route.
As the seafront cycle path extends to Saltdean, it would make sense to have a docking station installed locally.
The award-winning scheme, sponsored by American Express and Life Natural Spring Water, has 450 bikes.
Tim Casell is the owner of Hourbike which operates the scheme. He has said that the company is looking to expand the scheme.
Maybe now is the time for all local residents to lobby Mr Casell and put the case for bringing the bikes to Saltdean?