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First shipment of Brighton's 'bike share' scheme arrives

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The first shipment of bicycles has finally arrived for Brighton's new 'bike share' scheme.

By early September 450 will be available for the use of residents and tourists.

Our reporter Andy Dickenson has been given the exclusive first ride of one.

Andy spoke to Operations Manager, Duncan Blinkhorn and Scheme Manager, Ian Davey.

'Boris bikes' coming to Brighton and Hove

£1m of funding has been secured for Brighton and Hove to set-up its own Boris Bike scheme.

Similar to the bike-hire scheme in London - It will see 430 bikes available from 50 docking stations at locations like Brighton the marina, Portslade and along the Lewes Road to the universities.

It's hoped the bikes will be available for hire in two years time.

ITV Meridian spoke to Cllr Ian Davey of Brighton and Hove City Council.


'Boris-bikes' on their way to Reading

With more cars than ever on the roads - commuting around our towns and cities can be a headache. But it's hoped a new bike-hire scheme in Reading will get more of us to opt for two-wheels instead of four.

Inspired by the success of 'Boris-bikes' in London - from this spring 200 bicycles will be available at up to 30 docking stations across Reading - including at Broad street, the university, and at Green Park.

Earlier, ITV Meridian spoke to Councillor Tony Page - and asked him if he thought enough people would use the bikes.


'Boris bikes' scheme for South East

Rail passengers who use stations across the region will be able to hire bikes to continue their journeys as part of a new Government initiative.

In a scheme similar to the so-called "Boris bikes" in London, passengers will be able to hire cycles at Oxford, Reading, Ashford International, Canterbury West, Maidstone East and Tonbridge.

£250,000 has been given to train companies by the Government to promote the use of bikes for onward travel from stations. Train operators are also looking at ways of including bike hire in the price of a rail ticket.