December 5 2016
Greater Manchester is considering launching a public cycle hire scheme after transport bosses expressed their “support, in principle” to bring one to the region.
Officials from Transport for Greater Manchester were in Rotterdam last week for the Eurpoean Bike Sharing Conference hosted by VeloCittà, which brought together delegates from 27 countries in Europe and elsewhere.
They joined 11 other cities from nine countries in signing a statement of support to promote bike-sharing that will be presented to the European Commission and European Parliament.
Councillor Guy Harkin, Vice-Chair of the TfGM Committee, said:“The VeloCittà Conference was a good opportunity to find out more from cities and organisations which have introduced bike-share schemes, to benefit from their knowledge and experience and to put TfGM’s support, in principle, for such schemes on the record.
“Cycle hire can be an accessible, affordable and sustainable part of a city’s or region’s public transport network. It can bring significant benefits to communities, improving health, reducing congestion and harmful emissions and supporting long-term, sustainable economic growth.