App cycle hire scheme could come to Cuckoo Trail

Discussions are underway to launch an innovative cycle hire scheme to allow visitors to take advantage of the 11-mile Cuckoo Trail on two wheels.

Countrybike, which currently run a number of schemes in the north of the District is in talks with Wealden District Council to enable people to rent bikes after paying a fee via an online app.

Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health & Community Safety commented; “If an arrangement can be reached, the Council hopes to install the bikes at a number of locations. It will be open to both visitors and locals who will be able to pick up and drop off the bikes at any of the locations. It will be a great way to see some of the District’s fantastic countryside.”

“The Cuckoo Trail is an old railway line. It is reasonably level and mainly off-road and is perfect for cyclists of all levels, particularly families.”

Countrybike is a local company started by husband and wife team Tim and Suzy Seddon in 2017. It has bikes based at 11 locations in the countryside including a number of locations across Ashdown Forest.

Using internet-enabled locks and a mobile app, there is no need for someone to be there to facilitate the hire and return.

No decision has yet been taken, but if all goes well, the scheme is expected to be put in place by spring 2019.

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