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Melbourne Bike Share becomes Docklands Bike Share

30 Jun 2010

Melbourne Bike Share  becomes Docklands Bike Share Image

By Alison Kinkade

Last month Docklands became part of the $5.5 million Melbourne Bikeshare scheme with the unveiling of five bike stations around the precinct.

The five Docklands bike stations were part of an additional roll-out which saw the creation of an extra 40 bike stations and the placement of 500 bikes around Melbourne.

RACV general manager member and motoring services Gordon Oakley said he hoped people would embrace the scheme and that’s exactly what’s happened.

“It’s fantastic to see the support for this scheme from those working, studying and visiting Melbourne and we encourage all Victorians to try the scheme out,” Mr Oakley said.

The bike stations, which opened progressively, are located in Docklands’ Merchant St, NewQuay, Bourke St, Yarra’s Edge and near the bridge to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

It is estimated that the bike stations, which can hold 79 bicycles combined, will be filled with approximately 55 bikes.

“We anticipate that this rollout of the scheme will see more people using Melbourne Bike Share and experiencing not only the convenience of this alternative to Melbourne’s public transport scheme but also the health benefits of cycling,” Mr Oakley said.

One year subscriptions to Melbourne Bike Share are available online for $50 a year and people can purchase weekly and daily passes to the scheme from the bike terminals for $8 and $2.50 respectively.

Melbourne Bike Share also offers corporate keys which allow for the subscription to be transferred between employees with the first hour of each trip free.

RACV acting corporate communications manager Jo Robertson said no corporates had signed up but they anticipated once the bikes were out and about in Docklands that this would change.

For more information on the program visit http://www.melbournebikeshare.com.au

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