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New plans for Citybike scheme

Liverpool’s Citybike scheme is to be brought under council control as part of a plan which could also see it expanded to neighbouring boroughs.

The cycle rental scheme has grown considerably since it was launched in 2014 and there are now around 1,000 bikes available for hire from 140 docking stations across Liverpool.

There have been around 300,000 rentals to date, with usage up significantly year on year, and those using the bikes have cycled a total of 1.4 million miles so far.

But the size and scale of the operation means that, in common with other bike hire schemes, it requires an annual subsidy to cover the costs of repairs and maintenance – and data shows that 80 percent of the hires come from just 20 percent of the docking stations.

Now the Cabinet is being asked to reduce the subsidy by bringing the scheme in-house from operator Hourbike – saving £100k a year – and look at further offsetting them by removing the least popular docking stations, expanding its use to other parts of the city region and seeking sponsorship.

Read more in the Liverpool Express