WEST Midlands Cycle Hire is offering everyone in the region two free half-hour rides per day during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The free cycle hire offer is just one of many measures such as free spectator shuttle buses and extra public transport services being put in place to ensure visitors and athletes get to venues on time and the region keeps moving during this summer’s festival of sport.
Pop-up and virtual cycle hire docking stations are also being set up near five key venues including the Alexander Stadium, Smithfield, Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Arena Birmingham and Coventry Arena and Stadium.
Birmingham 2022 is expected to see more than a million visitors come to the region and spectators who have purchased tickets have access to bus, train and tram travel within the West Midlands included for every day of the Games they are attending.
The aim is to make it as easy as possible for people to leave their car at home and use public transport or active travel, cycling and walking, to get to venues.
Organisers say this will help manage traffic congestion and keep the roads clearer for regular commuters, deliveries and emergency services.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “The eyes of the world will be on us this summer when we play host to what is undoubtedly the biggest and highest profile event ever to grace our region.
“It is therefore imperative that we have the transport provision to match the scale of the Games, enabling our visitors to enjoy eleven days of thrilling sporting spectacle and make the most of their leisure time in the West Midlands.
“That’s why I’m so pleased that not only will spectators have the cost of public transport included as part of their tickets, but also every resident will have the chance to use our cycle-hire scheme free of charge.
“Cycling is a fantastic way to see our glorious region, whilst also improving mental and physical health and helping us tackle the climate emergency.”
The cycle hire offer will be available across the West Midlands from July 27 to August 8 for anyone over 16 who signs up for WMCH via the Beryl app will be able to ride a bike or eBike for 30 minutes twice a day free of charge – whether or not they are attending a Birmingham 2022 venue.