Bicycle hire and storage scheme opens at Leeds Station

CyclePoint Leeds People can hire bicycles from the CyclePoint in Leeds, which is outside the city's station

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A £700,000 bicycle hire scheme has been officially opened at Leeds Station.

People using the CyclePoint in the city can also store and buy bicycles and get repairs carried out.

It was officially opened by Transport Secretary Norman Baker on Monday, who said it was a "innovative" project encouraging more people to cycle.

The scheme has been introduced by Northern Rail and its Dutch-based parent company Abellio, in partnership with Network Rail and the city council.

A Northern Rail spokeswoman said the bikes could be hired for £8 a day.

Dutch Ambassador Pim Waldeck was also at the event.

Mr Baker said: "I think this is an innovative scheme in Leeds and is this way things should be going. We are determined to get more people cycling and walking and tackle the problem of carbon emissions."

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