Wheelie great news: Residents can hire dockless bikes for 50p in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 13:19 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:28 20 February 2018

Cllr John Howard with the new bikes. Picture: Redbridge Council.

Cllr John Howard with the new bikes. Picture: Redbridge Council.


Residents can now hire a bike in the borough at a tap of an app.

Cycle park locations

-Barkingside High Street

-Chadwell High Street

-Goodmayes Train Station

- Hainault Tube Station

- Ilford Train Station

- Lynton House

- Snaresbrook Tube Station

-South Woodford Tube Station

- Redbridge Town Hall

- Wanstead Flats

- Wanstead High Street

- Woodford Green

Redbridge Council has launched a dockless bike scheme, providing residents with the chance to use one of 250 bikes for as little as 50p for a 30-minute ride.

The scheme is the first of its kind in Redbridge and the council has chosen providers Urbo and ofo to run the service.

All residents have to do is open the smartphone app and choose a bike from a location on the map.

Urbo users will have to scan a QR code to unlock the bike and ofo users will do it using Bluetooth.

When the resident has completed their journey they click the lock back into place and the users’ online wallet is automatically charged, making the bike available for the next person to use.

Cllr John Howard, cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said: “The new dockless bike scheme is an accessible and affordable way to get people more active and reduce air pollution in the borough.

“The partnership with ofo and Urbo is a really exciting opportunity to make the borough greener, providing an option for sustainable travel. I can’t wait to start using them.”

The council has created parking zones where bikes can be picked up and they will be marked with “cycle hire only” signs.

Residents will earn points to park in the dockless bike parking zones, however, they can end their route at any location within Redbridge.

This gives users the freedom to end their journey where they choose as long as the bikes are parked at a responsible location and are not causing obstruction.

All ofo bikes in Redbridge will be free to hire for the first two weeks, and ofo collects no deposit when registering new users.

Joseph Seal-Driver, ofo’s UK general manager, said: “We’re delighted that ofo has been selected to run a bike-sharing scheme in Redbridge.

“Our bikes have proven hugely successful across London and in other UK cities and will give people more options for clean, green travel.

“We will be working collaboratively with Urbo and the council to ensure the residents receive the best possible service.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Related articles

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ilford Recorder