Initially three automated bike docking stations will be live at the Civic Centre and City beach, providing pedal and electric bikes for residents and visitors to use 24 hours a day, with rates from £2 per hour. See www.southendbikeshare.com for more information on the bikes.
The service is part of a wider Motionhub project, which is aimed at providing integrated booking of bikes, electric car club vehicles and public transport. Motionhub is led by E-Car Club, with Hourbike Ltd, EValu8 Transport Innovations, Transport Systems Catapult and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council as partners.
MotionHub will be rolled out in several progressive stages between now and the end of the year, the first stage going live in this week with the availability of on-street pedal, e-bike, and electric cars from a number of locations in Southend.
Up to ten electric car club vehicles located in up to five locations will also be available, with four currently live in Victoria Avenue and Short Street. See www.ecarclub.co.uk for more information on the electric car club.
Tim Caswell, Managing Director of Hourbike says “We are delighted to be launching a bike sharing scheme in Southend. We are confident that it will be a valued transport option for local residents and visitors alike.”
Cllr Tony Cox, Executive Councillor for Transport, Waste and Regulatory Services, said: “We pride ourselves on Southend being a cycle-friendly town and this pilot scheme will enable even more people to get around our town on two wheels at little cost.
“The Council already makes use of both pedal and electric bikes for its employees, enabling staff to be greener and reduce mileage. This pilot will effectively extend the benefit of that scheme to the people of our town.”
More information will be released on the wider Motionhub project in the coming months.