Mobike to return to Stockport

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Mobike is making a return to Stockport after suspending the scheme just days ago to ‘protect’ its staff and bikes – less than a fortnight after launching in the town.
The bike hire firm pulled out of the borough last week to ‘protect’ bikes and staff.
Mobike is now is set to make a return to Stockport after bosses resolved ‘teething problems’.
Bosses say they are working with the council and police to ensure the scheme can resume safely.
Positive
General manager Darryl Evans said: “The response to Mobike in Stockport has been positive overall since the scheme launched earlier this month.
“As with many new launches there can be teething problems, but we are working closely with the council, the police, and local stakeholders to address any issues and make the scheme a success in Stockport.”
The firm has not confirmed how many bikes will return to Stockport town centre.
Mobike originally introduced 200 bikes as part of the scheme, with plans to eventually have 1,000.
Welcomed
Council bosses welcomed the relaunch of the scheme in the town.
The town hall’s corporate director for place Caroline Simpson said: “Mobike is giving local people and visitors more choice about how they travel around the Borough.
“We are pleased that Mobike is continuing to build their operation in Stockport and we will work closely with them and our partners in the coming weeks and months to make a success of the scheme.”
Mobike has issues with vandals when the scheme launched in Manchester last year, with 70 of the 1,000 bikes in the city destroyed within a few months.
The scheme is still going strong in the city centre after bosses brought in strict new rules which meant the bikes had to be left in a smaller ‘geo-fenced’ area so they were easier to find.
The scheme sees users download the Mobike app on their smart phone and register.
Built-in GPS then shows people where their nearest available bike is.
Customers pay an initial deposit of just £1 when they join up and are then charged 50p per 30 minutes to use a bicycle.
Unlike London’s ‘Boris Bikes’, Mobikes are dockless and can be left in designated areas – as long as they’re not blocking pedestrians or traffic.