Randwick Council puts brakes on bike hire schemes

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Rental bike operators ReddyGo and OBike are being asked to provide and use designated bike parking areas under a proposal by Randwick Council to reduce vandalism and clutter caused by the recent proliferation of the bikes.

Council will meet with the bike hire companies to develop a memorandum of understanding in an attempt to strike a balance between supporting cycling and managing their impact.

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey said the move responds to resident concerns about the bikes being dumped across the eastern suburbs.

"I'm a big supporter of cycling and I think there's a role for bicycle hire in our city. We need to get it right and from what I've seen, the current bike hire system isn't working.

"They seem to be ridden by visitors to get to the beaches and then they lay strewn across our suburbs. They're dumped randomly next to the road, they're piling up at our beaches and they're being vandalised and damaged.

"These problems stem from the fact there is no obligation for the hirer to return the bike to an appropriate and secure location.

"We'll be seeking an agreement with the operators that they fund and implement appropriate bike parking locations, or face financial penalties," Mayor Shurey said.

Randwick Council made the decision at their Council Meeting on Tuesday 10 October 2017.

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