Dockless bikes will be hitting Brent’s streets under a new initiative that aims to encourage more people to get cycling and reduce traffic congestion in the borough.
Under the one-year pilot scheme, given the go-ahead by Brent Council’s Cabinet last night (15 January 2017), dockless bikes will be rolled out across the borough as part of Brent’s commitment to increasing accessibility for cyclists and improving air quality.
These bikes, which have GPS technology, can be located and unlocked using a smartphone app. Users pay a small hire amount and leave them safely parked at their destination within the borough after they finish.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Lead Member for Environment, said:
“We have been working hard for a long time now to make Brent a safer and more attractive place to cycle. In the last couple of months alone, we’ve introduced a Quietway cycle route from our boundary with Camden to Gladstone Park to help people who want to cycle on lower-traffic streets, and also completed our first semi-segregated cycle scheme in Carlton Vale, Kilburn.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how this scheme will work in the borough, as it has real potential to make cycling more accessible for many more residents.
“Cycling is beneficial in so many different ways for all of us here in Brent. Not only does it get us active and healthier, but by using a bicycle instead of a car where possible, you are helping to tackle air pollution and improve the quality of air we all breathe.”