Great news for the new executives that John van de Laarschot is hoping to entice to Stoke-on-Trent with the prospect of self bulild executive homes in the city, Bromptondock the automated cycle hire scheme has arrived just in time!
A Bromptondock automated bike hire scheme, featuring the Brompton folding bicycle, has been installed at Stoke-on-Trent railway station, only the second of the schemes to be launched this year in partnership with Virgin Trains, the first being set up at Manchester Piccadilly station in March.
The Bromptondock scheme at Stoke-on-Trent station, has ten Brompton bikes in Virgin Trains livery, available for hire. The dock is located in a modern, well-equipped and secure cycle centre on the station.
Heather Hodkinson, Station Manager Stoke-on-Trent/Stafford, Virgin Trains said
For Virgin Trains, Bromptondock offers a truly end-to-end transport solution in which the Brompton folding bike integrates into existing local and national networks of trains, trams and buses. This makes it attractive to our customers who also value the particular initiative we have taken at Stoke and Manchester. In addition, our partner provides a complete support service so we don’t have to set up that essential infrastructure.
Bromptondock carries out all regular and emergency maintenance functions on the dock and Brompton bikes, and by telephone provides a full technical support service to members. Other key benefits for Bromptondock members are that no bike maintenance need be done and the Brompton may be folded and stored almost anywhere when it is being hired. The most compact folding bike of its type on the market, at peak times a Brompton may be taken onto trains, buses and trams, stowed in a car boot, or taken into the office and home where it occupies little space.
If you are a regular traveller and would like to become a member of the scheme, all you need to do is visit www.bromptondock.co.uk and choose a suitable tariff. After registering, you will be sent a personal four-digit PIN. To take out a Brompton bike, a member sends a mobile phone text to Bromptondock, including the specific dock number and his or her PIN, after which a text will be quickly received with a bay number and an access code so the bike may be taken out.
All you need to do then is enter the code in to the keypad of the bromptondock and collect your hire cycle.
The according to the tariff chosen, a member may keep the bike for as long as required, whether it is for one hour, one week or even a year.
As a regular commuter to Birmingham & London I’ll be signing up to the scheme, even with the Boris Bikes in London this is an easier option.