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Birmingham to receive a number of ‘Boris’ bikes

It is a nice way to see some of the city sites that can’t be accessed by car, with staff at Car Hire Birmingham Airport making car hire customers aware of the new scheme.

The city of Birmingham is set to have thousands of ‘Boris Bikes’ with Raleigh supplying them after winning the contract of 5,000 bikes.

Phil Woodward, key accounts manager at Raleigh said “As one of the most well-known brands in the UK we feel that we can offer Birmingham residents a high quality cycling experience, along with an exciting package of supporting measures.”

Three thousand will be given away to those keen to cycle, but unable to afford it. The remaining 2,000 will be used to hire out around the city, similar to Boris Bikes in London.

It comes after £17 million of funding was secured from the Department for Transport last year. The initiative is part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution project that aims to make cycling an everyday form of transport over the next 20 years.

Raleigh was selected through a tender process that specified the criteria for an especially sturdy bike, suitable for inner city journeys. Councillor Lisa Trickett, cabinet member for a green, smart and sustainable city at the council, said the bikes were part of a bigger scheme.

The 5,000 bikes will start to arrive early next year when the first batch of 1,500 will be delivered in January. A further 1,500 will arrive around mid-February and March with the remaining 2,000 due to be delivered shortly afterwards.

To qualify for a free bike loan, users will need a valid Birmingham City Council leisure card and have taken and pass cycling proficiency and maintenance courses. Bikes will be allocated by a postcode lottery to people who register on the scheme and pass the necessary courses.