More pedal power

Bike scheme boost

Stirling Observer - - STIRLINGSHIRE REMEMBERS - Chris Marzella

Stir­ling’s pop­u­lar bike shar­ing scheme has seen a 30 per cent in­crease in us­age in the last year.

Users of nextbike Stir­ling’s scheme, which is man­aged lo­cally by Forth En­vi­ron­ment Link (FEL), have recorded 30,000 jour­neys in the past year alone – up by 30 per cent on last year’s fig­ures, with 7,000 ex­tra jour­neys be­ing made on the bikes.

And Stir­ling’s rid­ers clocked up an im­pres­sive 65,000km of cy­cling to date – over 40,000 miles – av­er­ag­ing 2.18km per rental.

The scheme was launched in the city back in 2014 in re­sponse to a grow­ing de­mand for bikes to hire.

Now in its fourth year, the scheme has over 160 bikes and 23 sta­tions and has en­tered in to cor­po­rate part­ner­ships with lo­cal em­ploy­ers. Stir­ling Coun­cil, Uni­ver­sity of Stir­ling and Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful have signed up, of­fer­ing their staff and stu­dents an eco–friendly way to travel around the city for free.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of nextbike, Ju­lian Scriven, said: “It’s great to see that the pop­u­la­tion of Stir­ling are opt­ing for a sus­tain­able mode of trans­port to whizz around the city.

“Choos­ing to make jour­neys on two wheels helps to re­duce pol­lu­tion and cuts con­ges­tion, in ad­di­tion to the many health ben­e­fits it brings for the rider.

“We hope that the Stir­ling scheme con­tin­ues to go from strength-to-strength in its fifth year of op­er­a­tions.”

Shirley Pater­son, Ac­tive Travel De­vel­op­ment Man­ager for Forth En­vi­ron­ment Link, said: “Stir­ling is a small, com­pact city but its res­i­dents have em­braced the scheme.”

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