Reading ready to ride
by James Renoux-Wood Thu 17 July 2014, 5:11 pm
A bicycle hire scheme has been launched in Reading, with docking stations installed across the city.
The ReadyBike venture allows visitors to and residents of Reading to hire purple and orange bikes at 29 Reading locations.
The bikes are free to use for the first half hour and cost £1 per hour thereafter. Annual membership costs £50.
There will be 200 bikes available initially, with the potential to expand the scheme to more places within Reading in the future.
Locations for the docking stations include Reading Station, Broad Street, Thames Valley Park, University of Reading, Madejski Stadium, Whitley, Green Park and Caversham.
Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s lead member for strategic environment, transport and planning, said: “The launch of Reading’s own bike hire scheme is an important landmark for the council’s long standing ambition of getting more people to consider cycling as a real option for getting around town.
“If it proves to be successful we can then look into extending the scheme further in future years.”
Corporate membership is also now available, allowing businesses to offer staff and visitors the opportunity to use the scheme for a discounted price.