Bee Network riders in Greater Manchester clock 10,000 miles

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Riders on Bee Network hire bikes in Greater Manchester have covered more than 10,000 miles in the first four weeks since the scheme launched.

Launched on 18 November, hire bikes are available from multiple stations along Oxford Road, at MediaCityUK and at the University of Salford.

On average riders have clocked up 270 miles per day, with more than 6,400 rides registered on the scheme and over 2,800 people signed up.

Stations continue to be installed along Oxford Road with 250 bikes set to be available from January 2022.

The scheme is run through the Beryl app and aims to have 1,500 bikes available by June 2022, including 300 e-bikes.

“I’m thrilled that so many miles have been ridden on Greater Manchester’s new hire bikes, especially with the cold and rainy weather we’ve had recently,” said Richard Nickson, Cycling and Walking Programme Director at TfGM.

“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.

“I would like to thank everyone for braving the weather and making the most of the scheme. If you haven’t given the bikes a go yet, download the Beryl app and give them a try.”

Philip Ellis, CEO at Beryl, added, “Our schemes are delivered both in partnership with cities and in consultation with communities and key stakeholders; which ensures we can meticulously deliver the most beneficial and best possible service for users.

“I’m delighted that the Greater Manchester scheme is having such a positive initial impact and am excited to see how it continues to dovetail with their ambitious plans to develop a world-class transport system.”

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