Brompton Dock cycle hire arrives in Manchester

28 March, 2012 (13:16) | News | By: Rail Britain - Marcus Kerr

The UK’s most innovative cycle hire scheme launches at Manchester Piccadilly in partnership with Virgin Train

Brompton Dock Ltd, sister company of Brompton Bicycle, has today (27 March 2012) announced a partnership with Virgin Trains to introduce Manchester’s first fully-automated ‘smart’ cycle hire scheme at Manchester Piccadilly station

From Tuesday 03 April 2012, residents, commuters and visitors to Manchester will be able to hire a British hand-made folding Brompton bike from a Brompton Dock located just outside Piccadilly station. With no restrictions on public transport and train operators allowing them on their network during peak hours, the Brompton bike is set to become a mainstay on the streets in and around Manchester

Brompton Dock has been created with the purpose of integrating cycling into people’s daily lives across Manchester. The dock will house up to 40 Brompton bikes, with every step of the customer journey designed to make bike hiring fast, flexible, convenient and secure

To become a member, users simply register by visiting and then choose a suitable tariff. Once registered, members will then be sent a personal four-digit pin number. To take out a Brompton bike, all members need to do is send a text to 07800 008 078, including the dock number and their personal pin, following which they will receive a text with a bay number and an access code to take their bike out. Members can then keep the bike for as long as they want, whether it’s for one hour, one week or even a year