More than 100,000 kilometres have been ridden as part of Greater Manchester’s cycle hire scheme since it launched in November 2021 – the equivalent to two-and-a-half times around the world.
Managed by Transport for Greater Manchester, the scheme aims to make cycling ‘a real option for commuters, cross city travellers and students’.
Bikes are currently available from stations along the Oxford Road corridor, as well as at the University of Salford and MediaCityUK.
In total, there have been more than 39,000 journeys taken on the bikes, with more than 10,400 active users.
TfGM says the use of the bikes has been closely monitored since the scheme launched and learning will be fed in as the scheme expands later this year.
Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “We wanted to create a cycle hire scheme in GM so that more people had access to an affordable, accessible and sustainable form of transport.
“It’s great to see how the scheme has been received by the people of GM so far. Seeing the number of people riding around Oxford Road, the University of Salford and MediaCity on our iconic yellow bikes has been brilliant – and I’m really looking forward to more bikes becoming available in the future.”
The scheme is operated by micromobility company Beryl.
Phil Ellis, Beryl CEO, said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to reach this milestone already in Greater Manchester and I think it’s testament to the important role that bike share can play in an integrated urban transport system.
“Our experience tells us that, when schemes are delivered both in partnership with cities and in consultation with communities and key stakeholders, they provide the best possible service for users.”