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Staff approval: ibis Adelaide GM Nathan Frost with Kat O’Shea, Joe Pirrotta and Hannah Asher try out Spinway’s bikes

Solar-powered, credit card-enabled swipe and ride bicycle hire has arrived in Adelaide this week (Jul 8), with the opening of the first Spinway bicycle station in the heart of the CBD at the tech-savvy ibis Adelaide Hotel on Grenfell Street.

ibis Adelaide has become the 10th AccorHotels property in Australia to partner with Spinway, a bike hire program that has rapidly taken off at hotels across the nation.

Spinway is featured in Adina, Autograph Collection, Crowne Plaza, Grand Chancellor, Hilton, Hyatt Regency, ibis, InterContinental, Mantra, Marriott, Mercure, Novotel, Oaks, Parkroyal, Rendezvous, Rydges and Vibe hotels across Australia, with AccorHotels currently featuring the most number of Spinway stations.

Spinway Adelaide provides lightweight, reliable bikes for hire 24/7, 365 days a year. After collecting a free helmet, lock and map from reception, guests can simply swipe their credit card, select their preferred rental period, and take off to cycle around the sights of the city.

“It’s an obvious partnership for us, and we are delighted to be the first hotel in Adelaide to launch this brand new bicycle experience to our guests,” said Nathan Frost, ibis Adelaide General Manager.

“Adelaide is an ideal city for bike hire. It’s such a well-laid out city, and you can ride from the city to the beach without any steep hills to slow you down.

“This is a great way for our hotel guests and tourists to easily and safely enjoy our city, and it’s environmentally friendly too,” he said.

The Spinway bicycle station is located inside the entrance of the ibis hotel on Grenfell Street. Spinway have purposely selected Avanti bikes, with comfortable adjustable seats, puncture-resistant tyres and a low step frame suitable for a wide range of riders to ensure guests have a hassle-free spin around town.

Spinway has grown rapidly over the past few months and has seen success with their stations now rolling out across a number of cities in Australia, including Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Woollongong, the Gold Coast, Perth, Broome, Kalgoorlie and now Adelaide.

Spinway Founder and CEO, Matt Rennie, said ibis Adelaide was the first of many stations to roll out across the city and the initial guest response was fantastic.

“ibis Adelaide has been the perfect property to launch Spinway in Adelaide,” he said. “It’s the newest hotel in the city, the most high-tech in town and owner James Hines is a passionate cyclist, so it really was a perfect fit for the product.

“In the coming weeks, we will be deploying further stations in hotels around Adelaide, giving both locals and tourists access to a low-cost, environmentally friendly and fun way to both get around town and explore the city.”

Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is the next Accor bike station of the rank and joins other AccorHotels properties involved with Spinway including: Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour, ibis Sydney Darling Harbour, Novotel Wollongong, Mercure Canberra, Novotel Canberra, Novotel Perth Langley, Mercure Perth, Novotel Vines Resort and Country Club and Mercure Broome.

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James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management