Councillor Long said the proposed saving of £15,000 was not sufficient to make cuts to the scheme.
“The Belfast bikes scheme has been hugely successful, whether improving people’s health, changing the infrastructure of the city or attracting more tourists. I hope today’s vote means that success remains.
“The proposed saving of £15,000 is not a large amount in relation to a budget of £150 million, particularly given the obvious benefits.
“The 30 minutes free is one of the most appealing parts of the scheme, so I am delighted we have now saved that aspect. It is crucial we do not stop there but continue to help the scheme grow and expand, particularly more widely into suburban areas, as well as other locations in the city centre.”