NEW MELBOURNE BIKE HIRE HITS THE CITY STREETS

Posted on 31. May, 2010 in Victoria

Melbourne’s first ever public bike hire scheme is underway, with the early roll-out of the first ten stations and 100 bicycles in the CBD.

Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas was at the new bike station at Melbourne University in Parkville today with RACV General Manager for Member and Motoring Services Gordon Oakley for the early launch of the new Melbourne Bike Share system.

“The Brumby Labor Government is building a better transport system and we understand how important cycling is as a viable, sustainable and accessible travel option,” Mr Pallas said.

“We are delighted this bike share system is ready early and available in Melbourne for people to use. This scheme was announced in December 2008 and now just 18 months later we have an operational system in the CBD.

“The first ten stations and 100 bikes are now in place and available for public use. People can sign-up for yearly subscriptions on-line or simply purchase a daily or weekly subscription from kiosks located at the bike stations.”

Mr Pallas said the first ten operational stations were an early set-up of a larger city-wide system of 50 bike stations and 600 bikes.

“We now have ten stations operating along the Swanston Street/St Kilda Road corridor and over the coming weeks we will progressively add the additional 40 stations – with the full system to be in place by the middle of the year,” he said.

Helmets are available as part of corporate memberships and individual annual subscriptions as well as at selected local CBD retail outlets located near the bike stations.

“We expect regular users of the system will prefer to provide their own helmet, however these other options do allow people to use the system spontaneously,” Mr Pallas said.

RACV General Manager, Member and Motoring Services, Gordon Oakley said Melbourne Bike Share would transform the way Melburnians travelled around the city.

“RACV is delighted to be bringing this excellent scheme to Melbourne, not only providing users with the opportunity to make quick and easy trips across the city but also to experience the health benefits cycling offers,” Mr Oakley said.

Member for Melbourne Bronwyn Pike said Melbourne Bike Share would offer an affordable and convenient transport option for city employees, students and people visiting the city.

“People can subscribe to the system for as little as $50 a year, with a daily subscription costing just $2.50,” Ms Pike said.

“Melbourne Bike Share is providing a travel option that is faster than walking and more flexible than public transport, and encourages cycling as a sustainable and healthy transport mode.

“The Brumby Labor Government is committed to reducing people’s dependence on cars and promoting cycling as a legitimate transport choice.”

The first ten station locations are at: Melbourne Arts Centre Precinct, Hamer Hall, Southgate; Federation Square; corner Flinders Street and Swanston Street; City Square, Swanston Street; Bourke Street Mall, 205 Bourke Street; Bourke Street Mall – GPO, Elizabeth Street; The State Library of Victoria; RMIT University, Franklin Street; Melbourne University, Swanston Street;  and Melbourne University, Tin Alley.

For more information about Melbourne Bike Share or to purchase a yearly subscription visit www.melbournebikeshare.com.au

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