Petition seeks share bikes

On yer bike: There are more than 100 bike-share programs around the world in countries such as China, Spain, the US, France and Italy.

On yer bike: There are more than 100 bike-share programs around the world in countries such as China, Spain, the US, France and Italy.

IF you've been to Melbourne, chances are you've seen the blue bike stations in the CBD for cyclists to hire a bike for short journeys around town.

Resident Brenda (surname withheld) believes a bike-share program similar to the one south of the border would benefit Blacktown City.

The avid rider has researched bike-share programs and says people would use the share bikes if hubs were at landmarks such as train stations, hospitals and shopping centres.

Program costs could be covered through bike-share sponsors, says Brenda.

"You wouldn't need to take your own bike everywhere with you or take it on the train.

"It would be quicker to get around the town. I would use it on a daily basis if it was available.

"It would keep people fit as the gym is not cheap and will not fit in everyone's time. Not everything is close by to walk to; that's where bikes come handy to keep fit."

Brenda has set up a petition on change.org.

"I think people will get on board once the word gets out."

Blacktown Council wasn't opposed to the idea.

"The council will review its Integrated Transport Management Plan over the next 12 months and could consider this proposal as part of its walking and cycling plans," a council spokeswoman said.

"Extensive research and investigation, including liaising with other LGAs in Australia and overseas that have implemented a bike share plan. A report would then be prepared for council's consideration."

Go to change.org and search public bike share around Sydney for cleaner air.

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