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World's first smart bike-share launches in Newcastle

Mobike launch in the centre of Newcastle. Photo: ITV News Tyne Tees
The bikes are very hi tech. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Mobike, the world’s first and largest smart bike-share has launched its smart cycling scheme in Newcastle.

Residents will now be able to download the app and use Mobike’s high tech silver and orange iconic bikes across Newcastle. I

The UK’s first council and community-backed bicycle sharing scheme was launched in Manchester and expanding to London over the past few months. In Newcastle Mobike will initially have 1,000 bikes on the streets of Newcastle.

The Mobike app will guide users towards the best locations to pick up and park the bikes.

Newcastle users will be able to pay a discounted £2 deposit until October 18. After that, they will pay the same deposit as Manchester and London users when they sign up - £29. Riders will be charged 50p for 30 minutes.

The entire fleet of over 7 million bikes are equipped with GPS and proprietary smart-lock technology that connect through the world’s largest mobile-enabled Internet of Things (IoT) platform.

Analysis of this data can help to make road systems more bicycle-friendly, help improve safety for cyclist and make sure the bikes are available where they are most needed.