The first of 50 BTN BikeShare docking stations has been installed next to the Brighton Pier, with nine more scheduled to be built by July 9.
Set to launch in early September, BTN BikeShare in association with Life Natural Spring Water will offer 450 smart bicycles with built-in GPS and wireless capabilities. Users will be able to easily locate and rent “Life Bikes” locked in any location across the city via an app, or online. Dropping off is equally simple – riders can return bikes to any docking station or lock them up at any legal location around the city.
Tim Caswell, owner of Hourbike, the company providing and operating the scheme, added, “As more and more docking stations are unveiled around the city, residents will begin to truly see the scheme taking shape, amplifying the buzz and anticipation.
We wanted to offer something new to Brighton & Hove, which is why we chose Sobi smart bikes – the first UK city bike scheme to feature this high-tech brand used in New York, Portland and Santa Monica. Now we’re eager to get more local businesses on board and see the bikes come alive.”
Following the recent announcement of Life Natural Spring Water as the bike share’s headline sponsor, the scheme is now inviting other local businesses to sponsor the bikes with packages ranging from £5k to £50k.
First 10 docking station locations
|Order of construction||Where|
|2||Brighton Centre Odeon|
|3||Seafront opposite Grand|
|4||Seafront opposite Metropole|
|5||Seafront Peace Statue|
|6||Hove Lawns cafe|
|8||New England Quarter / New Eng Street|
|9||London Rd / Baker St|
|10||Preston Park / Preston Road|
Sponsorship enquiries should be sent to Tim Caswell, tim.caswell@hourbike.