Go Card holders can now link their existing account to a CityCycle account. Photo: Michelle Smith
Commuters will be able to use their Go Cards to access Brisbane’s CityCycle bikes from today.
Go Card holders can now link their existing account to a CityCycle account, but bike trips will not count towards the government’s "nine-and-free" public transport scheme.
The integration has been a long time coming, with commuter lobby group Rail Back on Track suggesting the link in June 2011.
During this year’s state election campaign, the Labor Party rejected linking the Go Card and the CityCycle scheme but the LNP agreed to look at the idea.
“Despite making perfect sense the Labor government buried their head in ideological sand falsely claiming Go Card users would be liable for, or propping up, CityCycle in some way,’’ Transport Minister Scott Emerson said.
“By working together the Queensland Government and the Brisbane City Council are about to make it even easier to transfer between bus, train, ferry and now bicycle.’’
As of April this year, there were 146 CityCycle stations in Brisbane, mainly around the inner-city and out to St Lucia and Newstead.
The CityCycle scheme, which was introduced in September 2010 by now Premier Campbell Newman when he was Brisbane’s Lord Mayor, costs the council about $1 million in operational costs each year.
The bikes are used by about 4500 people each week, according to the council.
An annual subscription costs individuals $60.50 plus hire costs.
A daily CityCycle subscription costs $2, although the first 30 minutes of any journey is free.
Bike hire costs increase from $2.20 for one hour to $165 for more than 10 hours.
Dated - 30.11.2012