Hillingdon bids for its own version of 'Boris Bikes'

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Hillingdon is bidding for its own version of pay-to-hire 'Boris Bikes'.

A campaign team aims to raise £48,000 via crowd-funding by December. If they reach their target, Hillingdon could be one of two nationally to get the green light.

So called 'Boris Bikes', introduced when Boris Johnson, now Uxbridge MP, was London Mayor, are bicycles rented out by London's public hire scheme.

Under the Hillingdon scheme, a docking station with payment points would be installed outside Hillingdon Hospital in Pield Heath Road, with several on Brunel’s campus off Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, and one in Uxbridge town centre close to the station.

50 bikes would be available for hire.

The funding window opened on Monday 6 November and Hillingdon is currently in third place in The Santander University Cycle Challenge, with more than £5,000 pledged.

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Hillingdon and Mount Vernon Hospitals, has teamed up with Brunel University London and Hillingdon Council to make the bid.

Steve Wedgwood, Assistant Director of Facilities at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The aim is to increase cycling between the three locations, take a few cars off the road and help staff and the public stay fit and that is something as the borough's local hospital that we fully support.”

Union of Brunel Students President Pauldy Otermans said: "This is a chance for us to make real change, not just for our students but for our entire community. The university is completely behind it, so let's get these bikes to Uxbridge."

Deputy Vice Chancellor at Brunel University London, Professor Bill Leahy, said: “The benefits that cycling brings to our health are obvious, but this scheme is more than that – it’s an opportunity to connect the university, the hospital and the rest of the town in a way that can only benefit the whole community.

“The competition is fierce, but I think Uxbridge has what it takes to make this amazing opportunity happen.”

If the Hillingdon bid won, a contract would be drawn up with the scheme provider, nextbike, and the docking station and bikes installed in early Spring 2018.

To be in with a chance, Hillingdon needs to raise £48,650 by 10pm on Friday, 8 December. To back the bid, follow the link below.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/brunelbikes

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