Get ready: 5,000 bikes are set to hit the streets of the West Midlands in a big new bicycle share scheme.
Just like the ones you see in cities like London, pay-as-you-go rental bikes will be available from hundreds of docking stations in Birmingham, Coventry, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Solihull and Wolverhampton – where the pilot scheme has just been launched ahead of the full roll-out.
It'll be a 24-service with annual memberships available from operator nextbikes making it super-affordable: 8p per day has been mentioned.
The soft launch was attended by Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street. He comments: "This is part of an ongoing revolution in public transport which is also seeing the development new Metro tram routes, opening of new rail stations and development of rapid bus services.
"Encouraging more people to cycle, and offering this bike share scheme is a key part of our plans to tackle pollution, congestion and improve health in the region."