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Transport for West Midlands has announced the news alongside West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and the West Midlands Combined Authority.
The scheme will bring 50 jobs to the region, with posts including area managers, van drivers and mechanics.
The remaining 3,000 bikes will be rolled out in phases that will also include Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Solihull in 2019.
Docking stations will be located around key sites in the towns and cities involved, with bikes available 24 hours a day.
Annual membership to the scheme will cost just £30 per year, meaning riders can access the bikes for as little as 8p per day.
Swift card members will be able to access the bikes as part of their regular subscription. The bikes will also be free for the first 30 minutes to people who sign up to Whim - the new smart travel service that is launching in the Midlands next month.
The bikes will feature advanced technology and enhanced security features, including integrated front locks and GPS tracking, that makes using them easy for users.
“We are able to offer the most technologically-advanced and forward-thinking bike-share scheme and fleet in the UK and it’s amazing that the people of Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Solihull and Coventry will be able to benefit from it.
“The interconnectivity it will offer is going to be brilliant, it will really help to make journeys across the Midlands seamless. People will be able to take a
“No more having to lug a bike on public transport or worrying about finding a parking space at the train station.
“We will be creating more than 50 new jobs across the area and we will be partnering with the Walsall-based Steps to Work charity to help fill the roles.
“They work with long-term unemployed and young people currently not in education or employment amongst others, and these are groups that we are passionate about reaching, retraining and recruiting here at
“Although this is a fantastic initiative for Transport for West Midlands, and for
“We firmly see it as belonging to the people of the West Midlands and we hope the communities will take the bikes to their hearts.
“We will be offering Bikeshare4all across the West Midlands, which will mean heavily discounted membership and use of the bikes for the unemployed and other economically-deprived people to ensure that the whole of the community is truly able to benefit from the bikes.
“On a personal note for me, I’m a local boy who grew up in the Midlands and ever since I joined
“It’s going to be a very proud moment being able to use the scheme with my family and friends. I can’t wait to see my mum and dad on a West Midlands
Full scheme numbers:
Birmingham - 2,000
Coventry – 1,000
Wolverhampton – 750
Walsall – 325
Dudley - 325
Sandwell – 300
Solihull – 300
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