A Hanwell resident has become the 100th member of Ealing Council’s cycle hire scheme.
In return, Ealing Council leader Julian Bell and cabinet member for environment and transport, Bassam Mahfouz, presented Deborah Helsdon with two week’s free membership to the Brompton Dock folding bike hire scheme.
Twenty Brompton folding cycles are available to hire at Ealing Broadwaycycle hub on Haven Green at any time of day or night. To hire a bike, users must first register online, giving their credit card details and pay a membership fee which varies according to how frequently they use the service.
The folding bikes, which are ideal for commuters because they can be taken on public transport and stored under a desk, can be hired from one day up to a year.
Frequent users can hire a cycle from as little as £2.50 per day plus a yearly membership fee of £45. Leisure members pay an annual membership fee of £10 and then a flat rate of £5.00 per day.
Members then send a text message on their mobile phones to get a PIN code to release a bike from a secure dock 24 hours a day. Cyclists can reserve a bike or bay to return the bike to, the night before or up to an hour beforehand.
Deborah signed up to ease her commute from Hanwell to British Airways’ headquarters near Heathrow. She said: “Sometimes I use my own bike to cycle 10 miles to work but if the weather’s bad or I feel a little lazy, I can use a folding bike to get to Boston Manor tube station and cycle to the office once I get off the tube.”
Deborah has also used the folding bike on train journeys to Brighton at the weekend.
She said: “Brompton bikes give people a more flexible approach allowing them to mix and match with buses, tubes and trains. I think it’s great I have another option on my doorstep to encourage more of us all out of cars and onto bikes and public transport.”
Forty-one people have recently joined thecycle hire scheme, taking the total to 141 members.
Councillor Mahfouz said: “Cycling is a healthy, fast and environmentally-friendly way to travel. We’re proud of our cycle hub which was the first of its kind in London. We’ll also soon be announcing details of how we’ll be marking June’s National Bike Week.”
Councillor Bell said: “We want residents of all ages to see cycling as an attractive and safe option and I’m delighted that becoming a member has made such a difference to Deborah’s travel to work as well as at the weekends.
“Our affordable bike hire scheme makes cycling available to everyone whatever their level of experience and is a great way to avoid traffic jams.”
For more information on the Brompton Dock cycle hire scheme at Ealing Council’s cycle hub on Haven Green, please visit http://www.bromptondock.co.uk/