Sir Vince Cable gets on his bike for new bus-cycle scheme
LibertyBus, HCT Group’s operation in Jersey, has launched a new folding bike hire scheme – LibertyBike. As a social enterprise, we’re keen to encourage cycling, but there is currently no room for bicycles on Jersey’s buses. The answer is simple – folding bikes that people can hire by the day from lockers at the bus station using a smartcard.
LibertyBike is a partnership between HCT Group and Brompton, the world’s leading folding bike maker. We’ve invested in the infrastructure and 12 folding bicycles, Brompton provide the online booking system and maintain all the equipment.
The scheme was launched on Wednesday with a folding bike race around St Helier. Taking part were Sir Vince Cable, former Business Secretary and Chair of HCT Group; Dai Powell, HCT Group Chief Executive; Eddie Noel, Jersey’s Minister for Infrastructure, Department of Infrastructure CEO John Rogers, , LibertyBus General Manager Kevin Hart – and representatives from Jerseys news media. The race was won by David Edbrooke of the Jersey Evening Post, who is now the proud holder of the LibertyBike trophy…
Kevin Hart, General Manager at LibertyBus, said: ‘I think it will be great to encourage both tourists and islanders to explore the Island by bus and bike. We are always looking for ways to improve our offering to the public. The repeated suggestion from our customers is that they’d like the ability to take a bicycle on the bus, so we’ve invested in these foldable bikes to make it a possibility.’
Dai Powell, HCT Group Chief Executive, said “Cycling has two really important social impacts – it’s a great way to help reduce congestion and its corresponding environmental harm – and it’s also a brilliant way to stay healthy. We think that LibertyBike is the best of both worlds – a scheme me that allows people to use both bus and bike. It’s just the kind of innovation in transport we are aiming for.”