Brisbane to get free bikes
FREE bicycle hire around the city could be introduced to Brisbane commuters and tourists next year.
Lord Mayor Campbell Newman is concerned about ongoing traffic pollution and congestion in the city, and hopes to introduce a public bike-hire system like those in some European cities.
"I hope that once people see how easy it is to get around the city by bike they'll start thinking about using the car less for those quick trips down to the shops and other short journeys," he said yesterday.
"Cycling is not only an easy way to get around, it's also a healthy alternative that doesn't create any greenhouse gases.
"There's a lot of traffic congestion, so we'll start with bikes in the inner peninsulas in areas including the CBD, Fortitude Valley, West End and New Farm."
Cr Newman said automated bike stations would be installed around the city centre and users could hire a bike using a swipe-card system.
"The first 30 minutes would be free for quick journeys across town," he said.
Cr Newman said he would implement the bike-hire system if he wins the March mayoral election. He said he was confident it could be introduced with support from sponsors and advertisers.
"We'll look at starting with 1000 or 2000 bikes," he said.
Taken directly from the couriermail.com.au
Never once has this guy done anything green and just before the next council elections he does this on the prevision of if he gets back in.
It is all a cop out and would pefer to see the funds directed towards improved bikeways.