Bathurst bike hire program kicks off

BIKE HIRE: Bathurst Regional Council mayor Gary Rush, community and cultural services director Alan Cattermole and (centre) Boomerang Bikes CEO Rod Lennon with the new bikes. Photo: NADINE MORTON 092216bike1

BIKE HIRE: Bathurst Regional Council mayor Gary Rush, community and cultural services director Alan Cattermole and (centre) Boomerang Bikes CEO Rod Lennon with the new bikes. Photo: NADINE MORTON 092216bike1

BATHURST may be well-known for speed, but a new slower-paced way to see the city’s sights has been launched.

Bicycles are now available for hire from two points in the city for periods of one hour up to 24-hours.

The Bathurst Regional Council initiative is aimed at tourists and residents alike, the city’s destination development manager Lucy White said.

“Just under one million people a year [visit Bathurst] and half of those are visiting friends and relatives,” she said. “If people are working out what to do with family and friends, this is it.”

While the city may have 21 kilometres of bike tracks, with more planned, mayor Gary Rush said there are other areas to explore by bicycle including the city’s cultural facilities and cafes.

“It’ll have an economic knock-on for the community,” he said.

Bicycles are available for hire from the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre and the Bathurst Aquatic Centre with a mix of adult and children’s bikes available.

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