A six-month pilot of an “Uber for bikes” bike-sharing scheme is to start in Manchester and Salford on 29 June.
Under the scheme, over 1,000 bikes will be made available throughout the city, In a European first, the scheme runs by a cashless smartphone app and in-built smart locking system that allows users to locate, pick up and drop off bikes at any convenient – and legal – parking location, rather than use docking stations, as happens with the UK’s existing urban cycle hire schemes.
I think this is a really exciting/fun scheme, if it works it could have a big effect on Manchester, surely other cities would follow suit if it's deemed a success. With a 1000 extra bikes on the streets I hope they all have bells fitted!
The pace of change/innovation is fascinating at the moment. We regularly see this, some of the search mandates we are given are roles that didn't exist five years ago.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “As Mayor I want to see many more people swapping their cars for bikes in Greater Manchester and I will take a positive approach to promoting cycling across our city-region. This scheme could help make cycling more accessible to people...'