Wheels in motion for cycle hire scheme
A city-wide cycle hire scheme has been launched that will see bikes being made available across the University.
Bikes will be located at sites around the campus – including George Square, Bristo Square and King’s Buildings – and across the city centre.
Individuals will be able to hire the bikes using a simple smartphone app, with flexible hire options.
Edinburgh’s first cycle hire scheme – called Just Eat Cycles – was launched by long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont, who last year cycled around the world in a record-breaking 79 days.
The scheme will initially offer 200 bikes for hire, with around 800 more being made available across the city by the end of 2018.
Transport for Edinburgh (TfE), which runs the city’s buses and trams, signed an agreement with Serco, an international provider of public services, to deliver the project.
Serco operates the London Cycle Hire scheme and similar services in Oslo and Bergen, Norway.
The University has been a key partner in the scheme since its proposal a year ago.
Serco has worked with the City of Edinburgh Council, the University and private landowners to create the network of hire points.
Bikes will be provided by Pashley Cycles, Britain’s longest-established cycle manufacturer.
The University’s partnership builds on its recent Memorandum of Understanding with TfE and will also help engage the city’s other universities and colleges with the scheme.
Support for the scheme is part of the University’s recently announced plan to be zero carbon by 2040.