New scheme gets tenants on their bikes

Added Tuesday, September 11 2018

Belfast City Council’s Belfast Bikes scheme has rolled into Catalyst Inc and it’s already proving a big hit with tenants.

Offering up to 20 bikes to hire from the docking station, which is located beside the Innovation Centre car park, this mode of transport is proving successful thanks to its low cost, convenience, and the long-term health benefits cycling offers. 

Two budding cyclists who are already converts to the scheme are Jawine Westland and Thibault Barillon from tenant company, IBM. 

Jawine Westland said, “In my native Netherlands cycling is second nature so I would be delighted if Belfast caught the cycling bug! What sells the scheme for me is the ease of access to train stations as the Glider is only limited to certain areas in the city. Cycling is also a great form of exercise that lets you escape the traffic while burning off a few calories. Good thing is that they are suited to any clothing no need for getting dressed in specific cycling gear.”

This bike docking station at Catalyst Inc is one of 40 locations across Belfast. Bikes can be returned to any Belfast Bikes docking station, 365 days per year. The bike can be hired for the first 30-minutes free of charge, then £0.50 for up to one hour and £1.50 for two hours and so on.   

Mervyn Watley, Director of Real Estate at Catalyst Inc said, “We’re delighted to finally see the Belfast Bikes arrive at Catalyst Inc as they offer a quick and convenient mode of transport for our 2,500 tenants. Although we now have the Glider stop at the Park, we know many of our tenants will still use the bikes to nip into town for a meeting or to travel to and from the office. In addition, the bikes are also being used by the many visitors who visit the Park and surrounding area to soak up the rich Titanic heritage.” 

Jawine Westland from IBM

Jawine Westland and Thibault Barillon from tenant company, IBM.