MORE than 200 people have signed up for Oxford’s “Boris bike” scheme after it relaunched earlier this summer.

Oxfordshire County Council’s cycle hire scheme was relaunched in late June after the company which previously ran it went into liquidation.

A new operator – Surrey-based HourBike – has signed a contract with the council to run the Oxonbike scheme. Since it was relaunched 221 people have signed up and 520 journeys have been made.

County councillor David Nimmo Smith, cabinet member for transport said: “We are pleased that over 200 people have signed up for the revamped OxonBike scheme, making over 500 journeys.

“Every journey represents less congestion on the roads in Oxford, creating a more diverse makeup of traffic and allowing the commuters of Oxford to move more freely.”

Thirty cycles will be available to hire from seven locations around Headington in a system similar to London Mayor Boris Johnson’s cycle hire scheme.

It is hoped users will leave their cars at Thornhill Park and Ride and then cycle to major employers including hospitals and university campuses.

Users register payment details online for £1. The first 30 minutes are free of charge, with prices rising afterwards from £1 for up to an hour, up to £30 for six to 24 hours.

To register, visit

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