Veolia, Alta final bidders for VIC bike hire scheme

By: Jason Whittaker


Melbourne’s public bike hire scheme is on track to be operating next year, with Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas

Melbourne’s public bike hire scheme is on track to be operating next year, with Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas today announcing a shortlist of two bids to deliver the $5 million project.

Veolia Transport Australasia and Alta Planning and Design will move to the next phase of the tender process.

Pallas says he is confident the government will be able to appoint the successful operator within three months.

Some 50 bicycle stations will be set up at key locations around inner Melbourne including Parliament House, Federation Square, Southern Cross Station, Melbourne University and the Carlton hospital precinct.

The stations will house up to 600 bikes between them, offering workers, and tourists with a cheap and green way to travel around the city.

"The system aims to encourage more people to ride a bike for short trips helping to relieve pressure on transport systems in the inner-city, as well as offering health and wellbeing benefits," Pallas says.

Operational details of the bike scheme, including pricing and helmet requirements and availability, will be announced once the tender had been awarded.

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