From next week the bikes will be available to Stockport residents, in response to high demand for the scheme since it launched in Greater Manchester last year. Starting 12th March, an initial 200 Mobikes will be available in Stockport, gradually increasing to 1000, as the scheme develops. Stockport will initially host 15 approved Mobike Preferred Locations (MPLs) in strategic hubs across the area. This will allow people living in Manchester, Salford and Stockport, to cycle more easily to and from the different areas.
Mobike’s expansion follows the publication in February of a report by Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner, Chris Boardman, asking Mayor Andy Burnham for a £1.5bn spending to make the region one of the best places in the world to cycle and walk.
The report also asks that more than 700 miles of safe cycle lanes be produced over the 10 next years, and that the streets’ design be changed to make them safer for cyclists.