One of the top ten bike share hubs in Brighton and Hove is staying put despite a petition asking for it to be moved.
The bike hire stand at the bottom of George Street, Hove, is not popular with traders but has 500 rentals a month.
Business owners in George Street collected a 1,174-signature petition to Brighton and Hove City Council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee yesterday (Tuesday 26 June).
It called on the council to move the bike share hub away from the southern end of the road.
Conservative councillor Andrew Wealls told the committee that traders reported people tripping over it, adding that it created an obstacle and caused congestion by the Santander bank cash machine.
Another concern was that the site of the hub encouraged cyclists to think they could ride in George Street – sometimes the wrong way up the one-way street – and during the hours when it is pedestrians only.
Councillor Wealls shared a report by traders highlighting various problems.
In response committee chairman Councillor Gill Mitchell said: “It is the policy of the council to encourage travel by sustainable means.
“A move would impact on this popular and successful hub and it should stay where it is.”
A new additional hub is proposed outside the nearby Tesco supermarket in Church Road.
Green councillor Pete West said that people renting bikes brought their business to the street.
He said: “It is bringing people to George Street to use the shops and support traders.
“It is bizarre Councillor Wealls is proposing to send that trade to Tesco.”
Councillor West also called for George Street to be re-visioned without cars at all.
It is currently pedestrian only from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.
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