READYBIKE – Reading’s new bike hire scheme – is live
People can begin using the distinctive purple and orange bikes located across 27 docking stations in Reading from this morning. A 28th and 29th docking station – on the south side of Reading Station and at Earley Station - will be operational later this summer.
For members, use of ReadyBike is free for half an hour at the start of every rental and then £1 a hour after that, with a maximum rental cap of £4. As well as the place to register, www.readybike.co.uk is also where members can top-up and manage their accounts - a bit like you do with a ‘pay as you’ go mobile phone account. Annual membership costs £50.
For people who do not want to be members, ReadyBike is also available for occasional or one-off use by users registering their details online. The tariff for non members is the same as that for members (£1 an hour) but they do not get the first 30 minutes of every rental free and the maximum rental charge is £7.
ReadyBike is simple to use. Watch our video guide on how ReadyBike scheme works
To rent a bike, users tap in their membership number and PIN. Once the selected bike has been chosen at the console, a light on top of the selected dock will begin to flash meaning it is ready to use. To return a bike, the user only has to insert their bike into any empty dock at any station. The dock will accept the bike and automatically close the open rental period for that user on an electronic system. Members can keep a constant check on their personal account online.