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Bicycle hire service now available

Vintage bicycles can now be hired from Deniliquin's Peppin Heritage Centre.

June 10, 2014 3:47am

Bicycles for touring Deniliquin can now be hired from the Peppin Heritage Centre.

Deniliquin Council recently purchased two adult and two children’s vintage bicycles.

It paid $2100 for the bikes and promotional signage.

Council manager economic and business development John Harvie said the bikes are a new idea to help increase visitors to Deniliquin.

He said visitors must be able to access a range of different and enjoyable experiences.

‘‘Deniliquin has a number of attractions accessible by bicycle, including the river along the Beach to Beach track, the Island Sanctuary and our magnificent gardens and lagoon system,’’ Mr Harvie said.

‘‘Tourists expect this type of service.’’

Mr Harvie said in other towns bikes are often provided by private business, but said council wanted to ‘‘lead the way’’ and provide a hire service.

A previous bike hire service at the PHC had to be abandoned because of rising costs and a lack of storage.

Mr Harvie said maintenance of the bikes was one of the biggest costs.

With the new bikes, he said there is an opportunity for businesses to provide sponsorship to assist with the costs.

Depending on interest, the funds could also be used to purchase additional bikes.

Mr Harvie said sponsorship would be as little as $240 per bike for two years, and would result in the business’ name or brand being placed on the bike for the length of sponsorship.

The bikes can be hired for $10 per person for two hours, or $30 for a family.

Four hour hire is available for $15 per person or $45 for a family, and all-day hire is $25 per person or $75 for a family.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the program can phone Mr Harvie on 0427003573.

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