Coventry’s successful West Midlands Cycle Hire (WMCH) scheme has now been expanded to cover our campus and Coventry Railway Station.
This sees an additional nine new docking stations made available to users. Seven of these are on the university site with the remaining two outside the Visitor Information Hub at Coventry Railway Station and at Starley Gardens on Cox Street. There are 75 bikes over the area.
And to mark the return to work, school, college and university after the summer break WMCH has a new region wide early morning offer available from September 6. This will see the £1 unlock fee waived for users between 6am and 11am leaving only the 5p per minute fee – meaning a ten-minute ride will now cost 50p instead of £1.50.
It means that visitors, staff and students returning after their summer breaks will not only be able to hire bikes for trips around the campus, but also potentially use them for a longer commute to and from Coventry city centre. There are already 23 docking stations available in Coventry.
WMCH has been rolled out in eight locations covering town and city centres across the region since March and proved popular with over 100,000 journeys taken to date. It has been developed by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), in partnership with local councils.
Parvez Islam, director of transport and future mobility, said
“We’re proud to be working with TfWM and other partners on a range of important transport initiatives on our campus, and the WMCA cycle hire scheme is a welcome addition.
“Staff and students living in Coventry, including areas such as Canley and Earlsdon, can now rent a bike and cycle to campus in less than half an hour, meaning they can be more sustainable by leaving the car at home more often, and get active and healthier in the process.”
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said:
“With more than 100,000 journeys taken on our bikes since the spring, it is clear our cycle hire scheme is very popular and in demand. That’s why we are now extending the scheme, with more bikes and docking stations available throughout Coventry, including on the University of Warwick campus."
TfWM has been collaborating with us on the Future Transport Showcase under which a variety of environmentally friendly modes of transport are being trialled – including e-scooters, demand responsive buses and electric car clubs.
The scheme is run by Serco – the operator of London’s famous Santander Cycles – using bikes, docks and locks manufactured in the West Midlands. The on-street docks are being made by Universal Fabrications in Nuneaton, while the locking system is produced by Coventry based RDM Group and PHA Europe in West Bromwich.
Investment in cycling facilities is a key part of the region’s plan to provide more alternatives to the car for shorter journeys around busy towns and cities with a view to reducing congestion, improving air quality and helping the region achieve its #WM2041 net zero-carbon target.
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There will also be pop-up virtual docking stations are the following major Games venues:
- Alexander Stadium
- Arena Birmingham
- Coventry Stadium and Arena
- Edgbaston (Cannon Hill Park)
- Sandwell Aquatics Centre