Bike sharing service expands into Gateshead


Mobike has expanded its existing Newcastle scheme to cover Gateshead and will add 200 bikes based on demand and popularity of the scheme.

Mobike worked closely with Gateshead Council to ensure the scheme fits into the existing infrastructure, to benefit all those attending the Great Exhibition of the North beginning on 22nd June.

Lindsay Coulthard, operations manager in Newcastle for Mobike UK, said: “It’s really exciting to be growing our presence in the region, and another testament that our bikes are more and more wanted in the UK.

“Our Mobikers will now be able to travel much more easily between Newcastle and Gateshead, which should encourage more people to get cycling, especially as summer is coming. We’re also just in time for the Great Exhibition of the North, and we hope that attendees won’t hesitate to use a Mobike in between performances!”

Councillor John McElroy, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mobikes to Gateshead. In fact, they are already a regular sight in Gateshead so there’s clearly an unmet demand for the service.

“We are especially pleased to welcome Mobikes to Gateshead in time for the Great Exhibition of the North. We are sure they will offer visitors the perfect way to travel to and from some of the great events we have planned this summer on Tyneside.

“Bike sharing is relatively new in this area, but people will quickly learn that using and parking the bikes responsibly keeps the system running for everyone as a healthy and sustainable way of getting around.”