Kingston Council has this week unveiled a new folding bike hire scheme at Surbiton station as part of its work to encourage cycling in the borough.
The Brompton Bike Hire dock will provide local residents and visitors access to 24/7 automated folding bike hire.
The Brompton network of bikes operates over 40 docking stations in 25 UK towns and cities offering a fleet of nearly 1,000 bikes for public hire.
The Surbiton docking station includes eight bays with Brompton giving people access to cycling options across the borough. The bikes will complement the various routes being developed as part of the Go Cycle programme.
Councillor Terry Paton, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for the Go Cycle programme, said:
“The Brompton Bike Hire scheme is aimed at improving accessibility between Surbiton and Kingston by widening the choice of travel. Fold up bikes offer fantastic flexibility for combined journeys as they are portable on buses, trains, taxis and cars. Flexible journey improve access to local business and because the docks will be part of the national network of Brompton Bike Hire docks a bike could be taken out at Surbiton and returned to any other dock in the network, encouraging more visitors to the area and helping boost the local economy.
“The Brompton Bike Hire docks allow people to take out bikes and use them for rolling 24 hour periods. This means people can treat the Brompton bikes as if they are their own, taking them to work or home, folding them and keeping by their desk.”
Bicycles are available for hire from as little as £2.50 for 24 hours. Brompton will monitor use to ensure that the eight bays have a consistent supply of available bikes for hire.
Brompton Bike Hire’s managing director Harry Scrope said:
“Brompton are delighted to be opening their 10th London docking station with Kingston Council at Surbiton station. This will provide local residents the opportunity to hire the iconic Brompton folding bike for £2.50 per day; providing the fastest and cheapest way to travel across London. ”
To access a bike – you need to sign up as a member by registering online www.bromptonbikehire.com/register. You can then book a bike online or via text.