Cycle rent scheme launched in Musselburgh
A CYCLE rent scheme has been launched in Musselburgh for a one-year trial.
East Lothian Council needs to introduce cycle rent stations in cities throughout the county as a part of its Areas for Individuals mission.
And it has launched the primary two stations within the Trustworthy Toun, with capability for 38 rent bikes at anyone time.
The stations, that are being run by the Edinburgh Cycle Rent initiative, are on North Excessive Avenue – reverse Harbour Highway – and outdoors The Brunton.
Funded by way of the Scottish Authorities’s Areas for Individuals programme, the bicycles will likely be a mix of pedal bikes and electrical bikes.
Individuals who wish to use them will be capable of obtain an app which unlocks the bicycle from its station and data the time it’s taken and returned.
A £1.50 single cross is charged to make use of the bike, with the primary hour of rent free for pedal bikes and the primary half-hour free for e-bikes. Following the free time, use is charged at 5p a minute on the pedal cycles and 10p a minute on e-bikes.
The bikes could be returned to any station within the initiative, which has greater than 100 stations in and round Edinburgh.
Councillor Norman Hampshire, East Lothian Council setting spokesperson, stated: “The spreading of the Edinburgh city-wide cycle rent scheme into East Lothian is a part of the council’s native transport technique to encourage and promote lively and sustainable journey.
“In latest months, extra individuals have been inspired to take up biking once more or to cycle extra. The cycle rent scheme gives a fantastic alternative for individuals eager to cycle however who don’t presently personal their very own bike.
“They may also be of use for vacationers from Edinburgh eager to take pleasure in visits to a number of the county’s points of interest.”
George Lowder, chief government of Transport for Edinburgh, which oversees public transport within the metropolis, stated: “The Edinburgh Cycle Scheme continues to go from power to power.
“We have now simply marked the scheme’s second birthday in a robust place, with new customers biking each day and rent numbers set to double from final 12 months.
“The newest installations in Musselburgh will handle a present demand for cycle rent within the space, however I hope that we’ll additionally see many new customers having a go, as we’ve got in Edinburgh, as a result of it’s by no means been simpler to journey by bike.”
East Lothian Council has stated that in addition to Musselburgh, there are plans to have public rent stations for e-bikes in: Memorial Park in Cockenzie; Haddington city centre; Longniddry Railway Station; Prestonpans Railway Station; Memorial Sq. in Prestonpans; and Civic Sq. in Tranent, every of which might have capability for eight bikes.