ALMOST three-quarters of the bicycles available for hire in Brisbane are sitting idle every day, yet the council is pushing ahead with plans to roll out 73 more bike stations.
Figures provided to The Courier-Mail showed only 175 of the 700 bicycles available for hire were being used each day, on average, since the CityCycle scheme began in October 2010.
Despite the cool response to the scheme, BCC Public and Active Transport chair Margaret de Wit said there was "a quiet revolution occurring".
"More and more people are taking it up every day," Cr de Wit said.
"Every commuter who uses a bike instead of a car means one less vehicle on our congested road network."
Under the scheme, users are required to take out a subscription at a cost of $60.50 a year, $27.50 for three months or $11 a day and must provide their own helmets. Using bikes for less than 30 minutes is free.
So far, 3855 people have subscribed.
Since the scheme began, five bikes have been stolen or destroyed including four run over by a truck.
Cr de Wit said 77 bike stations were now operating and another 73 would be in place by the end of the year.
Council opposition leader Shayne Sutton said it was madness to spend more money on a project that was clearly not working.
"At a time when Campbell Newman is cutting community grants and services all through the city (to fund the flood recovery), this shows he has the wrong priorities," Cr Sutton said.