Council accused of waste over city cycle scheme
The Brisbane City Council is facing criticism over the CityCycle Scheme, an initiative that encourages people to hire bikes to help with city congestion, environment and personal health.
More than 1000 bicycles have been placed all around the city of Brisbane since the scheme’s launch nearly eight months ago and about 180 are hired out each day.
The Council’s Opposition has called the cycle roll-out “another failure from the LNP”, but Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has defended the scheme.
A young woman in the Botanic Gardens told Newsbytes there weren’t enough people using the bicycles:
“I think the CityCycle scheme is a bit of a waste of money, they just seem to be sitting there, no one seems to be riding them and I don’t think I’ve seen one person on a bike,” she said.
Anyone over the age of 17 can subscribe online for either an annual membership for $60.50, 3-month membership for $27.50 or daily usage for $11 during operating hours.
Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of bicycle hire or not returning the bicycle within 24 hours can result in a $330 fine.
By law everyone must wear a helmet when riding; however, helmets are not included in the subscription for bike hire which has deterred more people from subscribing.
“I would use the bikes if it was cheaper,” said one Brisbane man.