Cycle rent scheme launched in Musselburgh
A CYCLE rent scheme has been launched in Musselburgh for a one-year trial.
East Lothian Council desires 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 Sincere 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 Road – reverse Harbour Highway – and out of doors The Brunton.
Funded by way of the Scottish Authorities’s Areas for Individuals programme, the bicycles will likely be a combination of pedal bikes and electrical bikes.
Individuals who need to use them will be capable to obtain an app which unlocks the bicycle from its station and information the time it’s taken and returned.
A £1.50 single move 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 might be returned to any station within the initiative, which has greater than 100 stations in and round Edinburgh.
Councillor Norman Hampshire, East Lothian Council atmosphere spokesperson, mentioned: “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 current months, extra folks have been inspired to take up biking once more or to cycle extra. The cycle rent scheme offers an incredible alternative for folks eager to cycle however who don’t presently personal their very own bike.
“They can even be of use for vacationers from Edinburgh eager to get pleasure from visits to among the county’s sights.”
George Lowder, chief government 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 every single day and rent numbers set to double from final yr.
“The most recent installations in Musselburgh will deal with 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 have now 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 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.