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Worthing's Donkey Bike Scheme gets business thumbs up

Released: Friday, 30 June 2017

Businesses in Worthing have backed the launch of Sussex's first bike hire scheme.

The brightly orange-coloured Donkey Bikes were launched on Worthing promenade yesterday (Thursday, 29th June 2017) and have already received the backing of business leaders, some of whom came along to try them out.

The borough council's tourism arm Discover Worthing working with local business Cycle Brighton and Danish company Donkey Republic have provided an initial 20 bikes at three docking stations, two on the seafront and one in Steyne Gardens, in the town.

They can be accessed in a matter of minutes on a mobile phone by downloading the app (on the Discover Worthing website).

Andy Sparsis, founder of the Proto Restaurant Group which owns the Fat Greek Taverna and the Fish Factory among others, was one of the first to try a Donkey Bike out, he said:

“Bike hire at this level sends a clear message to our visitors and residents that they can enjoy a quality and active lifestyle in Worthing.”

Also road testing was Nick Clinch, director and general manager of the Chatsworth hotel and his brother and fellow director Peter. Said Nick:

“As a fan of anything to do with bikes I was very excited to come along and see the new Donkey Bikes Scheme and I was amazed by what I saw. The app looks straightforward and simple to use, the pricing seems great at £12 for 24 hours, but most importantly the bikes were amazing!”

“Every detail was well considered - magnet dynamo lights, front and rear racks, steering stabilisers - they've really thought of everything. I know our guests at Chatsworth Hotel will get great use out of them.”

Also there was Emily Wilson of Miss Molly's Milkshakes, a 1950s-style restaurant in the Guildbourne Centre. Emily dressed up in vintage dress at the launch to chime with the Wish You Were Here theme, the famous Worthing-set movie starring Emily Lloyd.

Emily Wilson said:

“It was really good fun and I enjoyed every minute of it. The bikes are beautiful, easy to ride and very comfortable. There are never enough bikes around so when you have friends of families to visit it is perfect to get out and about.”

JP Saville of Quest Adventure Bike Shop, Worthing, said:

“On behalf of the Worthing Cycle Forum we welcome anything that promotes safer cycling in Worthing and the new pioneering bike hire scheme is sure to help make Worthing a more bicycle friendly town.”

Sharon Clarke, of the Worthing Town Centre Initiative, added:

“I'm delighted to see a bike hire scheme come to Worthing. It's great to see the council work with businesses to develop this idea, which is another boon for our town's economy.”

“I'm sure this will be popular with locals and visitors alike, allowing them to explore everything our local businesses have to offer.”

Photo: From left to right Andy Sparsis, Nick Clinch, Peter Clinch and JP Saville try out the bikes

PR17-084 - Andy Sparsis, Nick Clinch, Peter Clinch and JP Saville try out the bikes

Photo: Worthing has launched the first bike hire scheme in Sussex - one of the new hire bikes, known as 'Donkey Bikes'

PR17-083 - Worthing has launched the first bike hire scheme in Sussex - one of the new bikes

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