The new cycle hire scheme sponsored by Just Eat will be operational from 17 September. Now we can tell you where you can pick up a bike across the city.
The bikes will be situated in docks for you to find and return them. There will be cycle hire points at the following locations :
- The City Chambers
- University of Edinburgh’s King’s Buildings
- Lauriston Place
- University of Edinburgh’s Bristo Square
- Waverley Bridge
- Charlotte Square
- St Andrew Square
- Stockbridge – On the corner of Hamilton Place and Dean Bank Lane
- Portobello – at the Edinburgh Leisure’s Tumbles Centre
- Ocean Terminal
- Victoria Quay
The bikes will cost £1.50 for a single trip and you can extend the trip for an additional pound. There will be single trips, day subscriptions and annual memberships all available.
Jason Holtom, Serco’s Director of Leisure Services said: “It’s fantastic to see the first hire points being installed across the city centre and at locations around The University of Edinburgh. Our aim is to make the Edinburgh cycle hire scheme accessible to everyone, meaning we’re introducing an easy to use app and bikes which are not only high quality, but easy and fun to ride.”
“One of the new scheme’s key features will be an innovative hybrid lock – the first of its kind in the UK. This allows for accessing bikes at physical hire points as well as secure designated ‘virtual’ cycle hire points that will be clearly marked on the ground and on the website and app. Bikes can be hired and returned to any of these cycle hire points at any time, with the closest available hire points shown in the app.
Transport for Edinburgh Chief Executive George Lowder MBE, said: “These hire points represent the first physical touch points of this exciting, world-class cycle scheme which we have been working closely with the Serco team to develop. This collaboration has been hugely productive to date, and we are very much looking forward to the launch of the service on Monday 17th September.”
Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “With the launch of Edinburgh’s new cycle hire scheme fast approaching it’s exciting to see it take shape as we establish the first cycle hire point locations.
“The availability of hire bikes across the city, along with their innovative locking system and handy app, will make cycling from A to B easy and accessible for everyone. I hope that residents and visitors will take the chance to try them as the scheme rolls out.”