The Belfast Bikes scheme is going to be extended to the city’s three main hospitals.
Belfast City Council has approved the proposed expansion to the City, Mater and Royal Victoria Hospital sites of the popular Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes public share scheme.
Currently there are almost 3,500 annual subscribers, who pay £20 a year, and more than 2,000 casual users, who pay £5 for three days use.
The council has also approved a proposal to fund the capital costs and the first year’s maintenance costs of eight docking stations within three of the Building Successful Communities (BSC) pilot areas – Lower Shankill/Brown Square, Lower Oldpark and Lower Falls.
They also agreed a long-term strategy for the future expansion of the Belfast Bikes scheme.
But while the links to the Belfast Bikes scheme will be expanded and enhanced, the brakes have been put on city centre traffic with a new 20 mph speed limit being imposed
Road users say it’s a government scam to generate cash. It’s hardly the most inventive of scams… what happened to a good, old fashioned pyramid scheme or those guaranteed-win scratchcards you get inside daily papers?