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Greater Manchester cycle hire scheme hits 10,000 miles

Over 10,000 miles have been cycled on Greater Manchester’s new Bee Network hire bikes in the first month of the scheme.

The new Bee Network, which launched to the public on November 18, means hire bikes are now available from multiple stations along Oxford Road, at MediaCityUK and at the University of Salford.

On average the scheme is seeing users collectively ride over 270 miles per day, which peaked on the November 19, when users of the scheme clocked 572 miles on the bikes.

In total 10,406 miles have collectively been ridden (as of 20/12/21) – enough to cycle to Australia - with more than 6,400 rides registered on the scheme and over 2,800 people signed up.

Richard Nickson, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) cycling and walking programme director, said: “Bee Network Cycle Hire provides easy, affordable access to bikes and plays a massive role in our vision for an integrated, carbon neutral travel network – the Bee Network.

“It’s also really positive to see lots of repeat rides taking place – which demonstrates people are really taking to the scheme.”

The Bee Network bike hire cycles are provided by mobility company Beryl.

To hire a bike riders need to provide a few details on the Berly app, locate a bike, unlock it and start riding.

Users can then ride a bike which must be returned to any of the available stations.

Additional charges will be applied if the bike is not returned to a cycle hire station at the end of the journey.

Stations continue to be installed along Oxford Road with 250 bikes set to be available from January 2022, ahead of the scheme’s full launch in the summer.

The use of the bikes is being closely monitored and learning will be fed in as the scheme rolls out with phase one expected to be fully up and running by June 2022, when the scheme will expand into Trafford.

From June 2022 Greater Manchester will have a total shared public bike fleet of 1,500 cycles, including 300 e-bikes.

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