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Blue share bikes will soon disappear from Melbourne streets after the state government decided to scrap the program costing Victorians more than $2 million a year.
Announcing the program's axeing on Friday, the government says each bike is only being used on average once a day despite the scheme being introduced in 2010 to try to promote cycling in the inner city.
The Melbourne Bike Share scheme will be scrapped. CREDIT:MAL FAIRCLOUGH
But the RACV – which has been running the government-owned scheme since its inception – isn't pleased with the move.
"It's really a decision the government has made. It's something we are very disappointed with," the general manager of mobility at the RACV, Elizabeth Kim, told radio station 3AW.
"I'm sure they're thinking of the allocation of their budget and we respect that decision."
In similar schemes overseas, the bikes are used on average for three trips each day and in some cities, it is as high as 10 trips.
Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford said the government had decided to get rid of the scheme ahead of a scheduled replacement of the 50 bike docking stations due to be upgraded, which would have cost taxpayers more money.
"This scheme has raised the profile of cycling in Melbourne, but the bikes have reached the end of their functional life and it no longer represents value for money for Victorians," she said.
"By phasing out the bike share scheme we will create more space on our footpaths for pedestrians and bike parking, which is what regular cyclists and pedestrians tell us is needed in the CBD."
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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