‘Boris bikes’ will be arriving in Milton Keynes from spring 2016, it has been revealed.
The brand new cycle hire scheme will be the second largest outside of London, using a 170-mile redway network to connect cyclists with major hubs across MK.
City chiefs have signed on the dotted line of a seven-year deal with Santander and nextbike, which is expected to include more than 500 bikes and up to 60 docking stations.
It follows months of work behind the scenes between Milton Keynes Council and Milton Keynes City Centre Management.
Nathan Bostock, CEO of Santander UK said: “We know that a cycle hire scheme provides mobility to more people so they can embrace the opportunities around them that could shape their future.
“And it does it in an accessible, healthy and socially responsible way. We are committed to making the experience of using the new Milton Keynes cycle hire scheme as easy, fun and rewarding as possible.”
The nextbike Smartbikes will allow cyclists to hire the bikes via a specially designed app, on their phone, with membership cards or via the cycle itself.
Surfaced with red tarmac, the network ensures cyclists can avoid using roads to undertake most journeys.
Robert Grisdale, managing director of nextbike said: “The scheme will be the second largest outside of London and serve a large area of Milton Keynes including residential areas – not just the busy centre.
“Milton Keynes is very car centric, but also very cycle friendly thanks to the Redway network so there is an exciting amount of potential to change the way people choose to move around the city. We are really looking forward to being a part of this transformative project.”