The first locations to pick up a bike in the city’s new cycle hire scheme have now been revealed ahead of next Monday’s launch.
Further hire points will be added across Edinburgh in a rolling programme up to and after launch when an initial 200 bikes will be available.
University of Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, Waverley Bridge, Fountainbridge, Stockbridge and Charlotte Square are some of the areas riders will be able to access the new bikes.
Access points will continue to grow through the autumn as the number of bikes is increased to provide an ever-expanding network of origins and destinations that can be found on the scheme app and website.
As the scheme grows, operator Serco will continue to consult on locations and is encouraging customers to suggest new and additional locations where they would like to see the scheme reach out to.
Dubbed Just Eat Cycles, after the bike’s new takeaway delivery sponsor, bosses say the pricing structure will allow users to make single journeys from as little as £1.50.
Users will be able to hire bikes through an annual membership, on a daily basis, or for shorter periods using a simple smartphone app.
Serco’s director of leisure services Jason Holtom, 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.”
Some of the first physical cycle hire points to be installed will be located at:
• 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
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