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'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.