Cycle rent involves Musselburgh
Wednesday September twenty third 2020
One of many new cycle rent stations now open in Musselburgh.
Written by Native Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp
A cycle rent scheme has been launched in Musselburgh for a one yr trial. East Lothian Council needs to introduce cycle rent stations in cities throughout the county as a part of its Areas for Folks mission.
And it has launched the primary two stations within the city with capability for 38 rent bikes at anybody time.
The stations, that are being run by the Edinburgh Cyle Rent initiative, are on North Excessive Road and out of doors The Brunton Corridor on Harbour Highway.
Funded by the Scottish Authorities’s Areas for Folks programme the bicycles will probably be a mix of pedal bikes and electrical bikes.
Individuals who need to use them will have the ability to 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 tim, use is charged at 5p a minute on the pedal cycles and 10p a minute on e-bikes.
The bikes will be returned to any station within the initiative which has greater than 100 stations in and round Edinburgh.
Cllr Norman Hampshire, East Lothian Council atmosphere spokesperson, mentioned: “The spreading of the Edinburgh Metropolis huge 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 current months extra individuals have been inspired to take up biking once more or to cycle extra. The cycle rent scheme gives an incredible alternative for individuals eager to cycle however who don’t presently personal their very own bike.
“They may even be of use for vacationers from Edinburgh desirous to get pleasure from visits to a number of the county’s sights.”
George Lowder, chief govt of Transport for Edinburgh, which oversees public transport within the metropolis, mentioned: “The Edinburgh Cycle Scheme continues to go from energy to energy.
“We now have simply marked the scheme’s second birthday in a robust place with new customers biking day-after-day and rent numbers set to double from final yr.
The most recent installations in Musselburgh will tackle a present demand for cycle rent within the space, however I hope that we are going to 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 mentioned that in addition to Musselburgh, there have been plans to have public rent stations for e-bikes in Haddington city centre and at Prestonpans Railway Station, Longniddry Railway Station, Memorial Sq. in Prestonpans, Civic Sq. in Tranent and Memorial Park in Cockenzie, every of which might have capability for eight bikes.
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