More pedal power
Bike scheme boost
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.”