A BIKE share scheme is celebrating its one millionth journey.

The Brighton and Hove BikeShare project has hit the milestone figure after more than 120,000 residents, visitors and commuters cycled more than two million miles around the city.

Chairwoman of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, Anne Pissaridou said: “To have reached this milestone in less than three years is a credit to the BTN BikeShare scheme and those using it.

“It’s been so pleasing to watch the scheme grow and expand. More residents are using BTN BikeShare for commuting or making short journeys while visitors see it as a great option for exploring the city.”

BTN BikeShare was launched in September 2017 thanks to start-up funding of £1.16 million of government money from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and £290,000 of council money.

It began with 450 bikes at 50 hubs and has since expanded its fleet to 570 at more than 70 hubs.

The scheme was able to grow and thrive thanks to sponsorship from American Express and Life Water, the council said.

BTN BikeShare, which is operated by Hourbike Ltd, won a Highly commended for Excellence in Walking and Cycling Award at the 2019 National Transport Awards.

The scheme has one of the best usage figures outside London.

Cllr Pissaridou said the scheme is helping the city towards reaching its green targets.

She added: “The council is committed to becoming a carbon neutral city by 2030 and BTN BikeShare is playing a significant role in promoting healthy and accessible travel to our residents and visitors.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic, free BTN BikeShare memberships have been offered to NHS staff and carers employed by the council.

The council has also placed virtual hubs close to several NHS buildings to support their commute.

These”Virtual” hubs have also opened in Sackville Road and the northern side of Portslade railway station with more permanent and temporary hubs coming soon.

The cleaning of BTN BikeShare bikes has also been increased significantly in light of the current pandemic, the council stated, alongside the introduction of more cycle lanes.