Following the success of the popular free winter Citycard Cycle day hire offer, the City Council is extending the promotion over the summer as part of Nottingham’s Cycle City campaign.

With £6.1m set to be invested in Nottingham’s cycling infrastructure, the free Citycard Cycle hire offer gives people that don’t cycle the opportunity to give it a go – for free!

The summer will certainly be inspirational for city cyclists with the Festival of Cycling bringing the Milk Race, Cyclelive, the Great Notts Bike Ride, Sky Rides, a stage of the Tour of Britain and the Nottingham Schools Cycling Challenge taking place.

The free Citycard Cycle scheme is funded through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and has been expanded to include short term, day and week hire for residents and visitors. There are now 500 Citycard bikes in the city and more than 3000 hires were made during the free winter hire promotion. In March alone 1261 hires were booked, showing just how popular the scheme has become.

Pete Mathieson, Head of Public Transport said, “It’s brilliant to be able to extend the free hire throughout the summer, we hope it will encourage people to undertake more cycling trips whether on the commute to work or a leisurely ride around one of our excellent parks and open spaces. Now we are enjoying some sunny spring weather it is a great time to hire a Citycard Cycle and go for a ride.”

As well as having more bikes, the number of on-street hire points has increased too, with 28 convenient sites in the city. It has also never been easier to hire a Citycard Cycle. If registered on to the scheme, it only takes a minute to send a text to hire a bike for the day – a Citycard isn’t needed. For longer term hire a Citycard is required.

A full list of hire points and information on how to hire the bikes can be found at