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New bike share scheme to bring thousands of bicycles to the streets of Birmingham and the West Midlands

The world's biggest bike share operator, Nextbike, has been chosen to run the West Midlands scheme. Credit: Nathan Rous PR

A new bike share scheme will bring thousands of bicycles to the streets of Birmingham and the West Midlands.

The bikes will available for hire 24 hours a day at a range of public places including rail stations, public squares and popular sites.

The first 2,000 bikes will be hitting the streets in September this year, and will be installed across Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton.

The remaining 3,000 bikes will be rolled out in phases in 2019, in areas such as Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Solihull.

The world's biggest bike share operator, Nextbike, has been chosen to run the West Midlands scheme, which will be the UK's largest docked bike-share scheme outside of London.

Cycling has an important role to play in tackling issues such as congestion, air pollution and health so I am really pleased we’ve reached the stage of announcing who will run the scheme in the West Midlands from September.

Here in the West Midlands, our public transport is currently undergoing a revolution with new Metro extensions, plans to reopen rail routes and transform existing stations and new rapid transit bus services. The bike-share scheme will help support this, giving people options to use sustainable transport as part or all of their journey.

– Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands
Julian Scriven of Nextbike UK, Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street and Councillor Roger Lawrence test out the new bikes. Credit: West Midlands Combined Authority