Following the success of bike rental schemes across the UK, Edinburgh are set to add their name to that list, with the scheme  to be launched this year. Costing around £150,000, the project comes 10 years after city councillors initiated the idea of rental bikes in the city.

Since the proposal, streets., London launched a scheme in 2010 and Glasgow followed trend, launching its version for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. This new scheme is to be an extension of this.

Complimenting current bike hire operations, such as ScotRail’s Bike & Go at stations, this latest project will well and truly recognise Scotland for its preoccupation with the environment.

City council transport convener Lesley Hinds said:

“Thanks to the funding available as part of the local government finance settlement, we’ll have more resources to devote to cycling projects and we plan to use some of this extra money for a pilot cycle hire scheme.”

“I’m absolutely delighted we’re going to have a pilot scheme in Edinburgh.

“All members of the transport and environment committee have been keen for many years to introduce something like this to Edinburgh”

“Many cities now have successful bike hire schemes, which help encourage residents and visitors keep active while exploring their surroundings on two wheels.”

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