A bike-sharing offer is to be discontinued by 2023 after technical problems.
The BTN BikeShare program is being pulled off the streets after Vodafone 3G signal problems made it difficult or impossible to use the bikes.
Bikes will be withdrawn throughout December, with Brighton and Hove City Council claiming a new fleet will be installed in the new year.
Councilor Steve Davis, Co-Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said: “We recognize that this news is disappointing and share user disappointment that we are having to pause the programme, but we are fully committed to doing so to see return next year with a revamped cycling program for Brighton and Hove.
“I would like to thank the Council and HourBike staff for their hard work at what has been a very challenging time for BTN BikeShare. Their dedication and perseverance has ensured that the program will continue to function, albeit on a more limited basis, in another busy year.
“However, issues related to the aging of the fleet and Vodafone 3G have now rendered the continuation unsustainable and the program needs to be updated for the benefit of our residents and visitors.”
Customers who have an annual membership or who have pay-as-you-go credit for the service have the option of either receiving a refund or donating the money to a cycling charity.
Brighton and Hove City Council said it had tried to contact Vodafone UK about problems with the 3G connections to the bikes but had received no reply.
Vodafone has been asked to comment on the problems with the 3G.
The system was first launched in September 2017 but has seen a decline in usage due to the issues. It is estimated that over four million miles were traveled in that time.
As part of plans for the new version of the scheme, Brighton and Hove City Council has committed to introducing more docking stations for the bikes.
The council will bring nearly 800 bikes into the new iteration of the service, with more than half the bikes being electric.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23094182.brighton-bike-sharing-service-halted-vodafone-issues/?ref=rss Brighton’s bike-sharing service has been shut down after problems with Vodafone