Friday March 12th 2021
The GO e-bike hire hub outside Edinburgh College near Eskbank railway station.
Written by Midlothian View Editor, Phil Bowen
GO e-Bike, a regional e-bike sharing scheme developed and provided by SEStran (South East of Scotland Transport Partnership), is coming to Midlothian with the support of Midlothian Council.
The GO e-bike hire ‘hubs’ that have been built at Jarnac Court and Edinburgh College near Eskbank railway station, will be fully operational once the first of the new bikes arrive, ready to hire out, from early April. The bikes will be rolled out, with additions to each hub in subsequent weeks.
They form part of a mini network of four stations with a total forty state of the art e-Bikes to be delivered. The other two hubs are located at Brunton Hall in Musselburgh and Musselburgh rail station.
The project is designed to promote short and long cycle trips within core communities, where clusters of residents, students, tourist destinations and services can readily be connected in East Lothian and Midlothian.
SEStran has partnered with Bewegen Technologies to operate the most advanced bike share system available. The company’s robust electric-assist bikes ride like just as easily as regular bike, with no complicated gears or buttons to learn, designed and manufactured in partnership with Rocky Mountain Bikes. Each bike is equipped with front and rear lights, bell, basket, and an electronic display.
You can hire a bike and start riding within minutes by downloading an app to your smartphone. As well as pay per ride, you can also get a daily, monthly, or
annual membership to the scheme which is available online at goebike.uk or through the mobile app. Rides cost from £2 for 30mins, with £0.05 for each additional minute, and annual membership costs £65 with unlimited 45mins trips.
Gordon Edgar Chair of SEStran says:
“SEStran through its promotion of active travel as a key component of our Regional Transport Strategy, is helping towards the Scottish Government’s ambitions for sustainable travel and behaviour change. GO e-Bike is a great way to build on our other active travel work, with this system launching more people will have access to power assisted cycling as a viable, fun transport choice for work and leisure.”
The GO e-Bike project was awarded funding as part of the Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund established by Transport Scotland from funds awarded under European Regional Development Fund 2014- 2020 programme and Transport Scotland funding, where relevant, to enable everyday functional journeys to be taken by walking, cycling and public transport and to support an increased proportion on ultra-low emission vehicles on Scotland’s roads.
To find out more anbout Go e-Bike visit goebike.scot
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