Belfast Bikes pick up national award

The Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes scheme has pedalled its way to more success, by picking up its first national award.

The bike hire scheme, which was launched by Belfast City Council in April 2015 and so far has attracted more than 4,000 annual subscribers, was named ‘Best Integrated Community Hub or Cycle Scheme’ at the annual Cycle Planning Awards, which were held in London at the weekend.

Other award winners included the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Transport for London and Cambridgeshire County Council.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston, said: “To receive national recognition for the Belfast Bikes scheme is terrific news.  It shows that we have a scheme which is on a par with those across the United Kingdom, and is a tremendous tribute to everyone who has been involved in making the Belfast Bikes the success they are today.”

The Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes are operated by NSL on behalf of Belfast City Council, with the support of the Department for Infrastructure.  Since the scheme was launched last April, more than a quarter of a million journeys have been undertaken around the city.