Government funded scheme has not been as successful as hoped but company says it remains optimistic about growth Merseyrail’s bike hire scheme has not been as popular as hoped, with bikes seeing just one user every six days during the busiest month.
The Bike & Go scheme, run by joint venture Serco-Abellio, was launched in August 2013, and now boasts hundreds of bikes across 19 stations on the Merseyrail network. The scheme mimics successful schemes in the Netherlands.
According to the Liverpool Echo (link is external) , however, the scheme’s red bikes – distinct from Liverpool’s green Citybikes – have been used just 170 times, or once every five days, at Liverpool Central Station, the busiest station on the network. In April 2015 – the scheme’s busiest month yet – there were just 84 rentals across the 19 stations.
Kaj Mook, director of Bike & Go, told the Echo: “Bike & Go is about giving people another way to get from the station to their final destination. We started with fairly modest ambitions, and it’s been growing steadily.
“But the take-up has been slower than we anticipated, particularly the number of rentals per user. One of the issues is that our surveys […]