New era for bike hire on Stratford Greenway - The Leamington Observer

New era for bike hire on Stratford Greenway

Leamington Editorial 30th Apr, 2024   0

IT’S a new era for bike hire on Stratford Greenway.

The railway carriage which housed Stratford Bike Hire for over 15 years has been taken away and scrapped to make way for a new bike hire venture.

The carriage was located next to Bobby’s cafe carriage which will remain in place.

Stratford Bike Hire was run by Wayne Vickers who was forced to shut down the business in November last year when his lease was up with Warwickshire County Council. He was unable to afford the 75 per cent rent increase.

Its departure will create space for a new bike hire company that will offer Stratford Greenway’s visitors a selection of bikes and carts and provide regular opening hours tailored to seasonal demand. Further details about the new bike hire company are being kept under wraps, for now.

A WCC spokesperson said final details of the agreement between WCC’s Country Parks service and the incoming business are expected to be confirmed over the next few weeks, at which point further information will be shared with the public.

WCC’s transport spokesperson Coun Jan Matecki continued: “We are sad to say goodbye to the carriage that has housed the Stratford Bike Hire for many years and would like to say thank you to its former operator who has worked hard providing a valued service to our visitors.

“We are, however, very excited to introduce the new bike hire company to Stratford’s residents and visitors. We are confident this offer will support our sustainable travel objectives and help people enjoy Stratford and the surrounding areas in a way that will benefit their mental and physical health and wellbeing. Please stay tuned for further updates on the new venture.”

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