Plans to create a new cycle scheme in Borehamwood are moving forward with Hertsmere Borough Council on the lookout for an operator.

The scheme would allow members of the public to hire a bike from cycle stations within the town in order to get around in a more sustainable way.

The council declared a climate emergency in September 2019 with a commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions no later than 2050. It believes introducing a cycle hire scheme will help improve air quality and sustainability.

At this stage, a four year trial is being pursued with a possible two-year extension that could see the scheme expanded into other parts of Hertsmere depending on funding and how successful the scheme has been in Borehamwood.

The council is looking for a provider with a track record of working with local authorities in the UK delivering cycle hire schemes.

The tender has been published at and closes on December 10.

Cllr Seamus Quilty, who is responsible for the environment in Hertsmere, said: "I am delighted that we are moving forward with the plans for the cycle hire scheme, which will help us to achieve our ambitious plans for a more sustainable Hertsmere.

"A cycle hire scheme will have positive impacts not only on our environment, by reducing car traffic and air pollution, but also on the health and wellbeing of our local communities, by providing a healthy alternative to jumping in the car."

Cllr Harvey Cohen, who has planning responsibilities, added: "In addition to the health and environmental benefits, this cycle scheme opens up the opportunities for our local communities in Borehamwood.

"The aim is to support current public transport links to allow our residents to more easily move around the borough for work, education and leisure."