Brighton bike share scheme expands on Sussex campus

A new docking station for 12 BTN Bike Share bicycles has just been installed outside York House on the University of Sussex campus, adding to the existing hub for 20 bikes outside the Sport Centre.

New hubs are also being created in the city centre, in Preston Street, Connaught Road, New Church Road/Pembroke Gardens and Portland Road.

This local bike share scheme, which celebrates its first year of operation in September, gives students and staff the chance to try commuting to campus without the expense of buying a bicycle.

James Brown, Transport Manager in Sussex Estates and Facilities (SEF), says: “The bikes could save you a lot of money on travel costs, and they could also improve your fitness and cut your carbon footprint.”

People studying, living or working in Brighton and Hove - as well as visitors to the city - can find and hire the bikes using the Social Bicycles (SoBi) app. An account number and PIN number releases the lock.

The bikes cost 3p a minute to rent, with a 1 minimum spend. Annual membership costs 72, which includes an hour of cycling every day.

To register for BTN BikeShare membership, go to www.btnbikeshare.com.

The scheme’s 450 bicycles - plus a further 120 that are being added as the scheme expands - have built-in GPS trackers so they don’t need to be left at an official docking station, provided they are secured. The GPS technology helps to record where the most popular pick-up and drop-off points are.

A local firm, South Coast Bikes, has the job of making sure there are enough bikes at the docking stations to meet demand as far as possible.

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