Central Bedfordshire Council news and press releases

Local cycle hire scheme launches

Friday, 6 January 2023

We've launched our first cycle hire scheme for residents living on the Bidwell West and Linmere new housing developments in Houghton Regis.

We are running a 12-month pilot in partnership with cycle hire company App-Bike, funded from housing developer financial contributions. 15 bicycles will be available for residents to use 24/7 across five locations using the App-Bike app.

Each bicycle provides a comfortable ride experience, with:

  • three-speed internal gearing
  • dynamo lighting
  • internal braking system
  • front carrier (for loads of up to 5kg)
  • puncture resistant tyres
  • enclosed chainguard system

The pilot scheme offers residents access to a low-cost sustainable transport option with users being able to choose from a pay as you go tariff, with hire available at £1.50 per hour or a £5 monthly membership, offering two hours free hire each day, then £1 per hour after.

Depending on uptake and interest in the pilot, we may look to introduce similar pilot schemes in other areas across Central Bedfordshire.

Councillor Steven Dixon, Executive Member for Sustainability and Public Protection, said:

We are delighted to be launching a cycle hire scheme for residents in the new developments in Houghton Regis. It is an exciting opportunity to help improve local air quality, get more people active and out of their cars for short, local journeys. We’re committed to remove barriers to accessing sustainable transport and hope residents will engage with the pilot and provide feedback on their experiences so we can look at the possibility of providing a permanent service in the future.