Wednesday, 2 July 2008

On Yer Bike

These green and yellow bikes are the latest initiative from Cheltenham Borough Council to help cut traffic. The bike hire scheme was launched yesterday after a successful trial by Gloucestershire University earlier in the year. Basically you pre-register using your mobile phone, pay a £10 deposit and when you want to hire a bike a a code is sent to your phone. You then enter the code at the docking station and the bike is released for you to ride. The first half an hour of use is free, and then you are charged a couple of quid every half hour after that. There are seven docking stations around town, including one at the train station (which is just out of Cheltenham town centre), with 30 bikes available for hire. It seems like a really good idea, although I haven't seen anyone riding one yet!

For more information visit the company behind the scheme,
On Yer Bike

10 comments:

Keropok Man said...

That's such a good idea.
Especially when fuel prices are sky high now!

Ming the Merciless said...

Sounds like this is a project for you -- rent the bike and ride it around town to advertise the program. :-)

Lori said...

I like the bike idea. I wish they would do something similar in New York. I've been looking at your Greece photos. How beautiful!! I really want to take a trip there someday. Thanks for sharing them with us.

brian said...

this does sound like a great idea! i wish that would work around here... i live 35 miles from work =)

babooshka said...

This is an excellent idea. f only more places would adopt his idea. I hope it catches on. In Montpellier, France they have bikes and everyone uses them.

Murphy_jay said...

This idea is cool..I am sure it can be executed efficiently in your city..but sadly not mine.

My fellow people are just not that disciplined and errr..for most people, the last time they rode a bike was probably before they turn 17..LOL..

Petrea said...

Cheltenham Velib! Just like Paris. I think it's brilliant and would love to see this type of thing in American cities.

D.C. Confidential said...

With the price of gas these days, this is a great solution!

Harry Makertia said...

Wow, its's a shopisticated way to rent a bike!

ShutterSpy said...

What happens if you don't have a mobile phone?

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