NSL appointed to run Belfast bike hire scheme
Northern Ireland's first public bike hire scheme should be in place next spring, according to the company that has just been appointed to operate it.
Belfast City Council has appointed NSL as operators – its consultancy arm Project Centre has also worked on the London Bike Hire scheme.
NSL is to deliver and maintain the scheme, while Nextbike will provide the bicycle infrastructure and management system. Up to 30 docking stations will be provided as part of the first phase of the scheme between November and next February.
The contract between NSL and the council is for six years with an option to renew.
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy said: "My department is providing over £1 million for this scheme, which is an important element of my goal in achieving a cycling revolution in Northern Ireland, and delivering a flagship Active Travel Demonstration Project for Belfast.
"Similar schemes in London and Dublin have already proved very successful, giving people the option of jumping on a bike for short journeys across the cities at very little cost, whether for business or leisure."