Remember we told you the council had approved a rather exciting, brand new cycle hire scheme for Liverpool city centre? Well, things are moving forward.
Over the next week, the manufacturers eager to win a place on our city’s streets will be showing off in various places across the centre of town. It’s a chance for us to have a look at what’s available, and see which ones we prefer.
The brands hail from right across Europe: Bicincitta from Italy, Arriva Deutsche Bahn and Nextbike from Germany, and Hourbank/Grand Scheme from here in the UK. But they’re basically all the same, right? Wrong. Each brand’s got a slightly different system in place: from bikes with in-built mobile phone payments, to credit card-enabled fee stations and everything in between, and they all look and feel different.
If you fancy going for a short ride and trying out the bikes themselves and giving feedback, all five companies will be in St Paul’s Square in the Commercial District on Friday 12th July. Until Thursday 10th, and from Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th, you can have a look at a selection of the brands at the junction of Hope Street/Mount Pleasant too.
The Liverpool City Cycle Hire Scheme launches later this year, and will feature bikes at 60 city centre locations.