The Birmingham Connected Team at Birmingham City Council have released details of the next Birmingham phase of the West Midlands Cycle Hire scheme. This will see one physical docking station (Salisbury Road near to the junction with Alcester Road) and six ‘virtual’ docking stations installed in Moseley ward.
The scheme, that launched in Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton on 8 March 2021 is now operational in Birmingham City Centre, South Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Stourbridge, Solihull, Walsall and Sandwell.
Overall, the scheme will see 1,500 bikes and 170 docking stations distributed in city and town centres across the region, offering more people the opportunity to enjoy cycling and provide a convenient and sustainable alternative to the car for shorter journeys.
The virtual docking stations will be marked on the footway with dashed white lines and a sign ‘West Midlands Cycle Hire’. The area is geo-fenced so that the Global Positioning System (GPS) on the bike can pick up that it has been left within the virtual dock area.
The plans below provide further details of the six proposed locations:
Physical docking station: Salisbury Road at Alcester Road (outside the old Boots building)
Virtual docking stations: Wake Green Road outside Wake Green Surgery
Oxford Road at St Mary’s Row (On corner of M& S building)
Alcester Road at Chantry Road (Outside St Columba’s Church)
Moor Green Lane nr to Russell Rd (Outside Scientology building)
Edgbaston Road opposite Oakfield Road
Yardley Wood Road at Wake Green Road (outside Moseley Court)
On the map you will see service bays marked out near each docking station. They are points where a service vehicle may park for a short time in order for the docking stations to be rebalanced. This is an operation carried out at night, by staff in service vehicles, whereby bikes from places with large accumulations of bikes have some removed and relocated in other places where there are less numbers. A service vehicle may only be there for a few minutes, and the bay is indicated purely to show that there is somewhere legal, safe and practical for operatives to park. Bays are not restricted to other vehicles or have any markings or signage.
Both pedal bikes and e bikes can be left at the docking stations.
All existing docking station locations are available to view at http://ow.ly/p9Yk50EPfHY
If you have any comments or questions about these locations, please email : email@example.com by Wednesday 16 November 2022.
How will the scheme work? To hire a bike, the user needs to register for the scheme on the Beryl bikes app.
Bikes are available to hire 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year so residents and visitors can always access the bikes when they need one. The scheme is designed to be a cost-effective means of travel, costing as little as £1.75 for a fifteen-minute ride with pay as you ride, or £0.75 for a fifteen-minute ride with a ‘minutes bundle’. For more information and regular updates please visit www.wmcyclehire.co.uk or follow @WMCycleHire on social media.