The City of Edinburgh Council’s attempts to get more people cycling in the city could be set to be boosted by an innovative bike leasing scheme where bikes could be borrowed for a length of time without users having to buy the bike first.
Recent disquiet from cyclists in London over cycle safety in the capital has not stopped Transport for London (TfL) spreading the news that there are more people cycling in London than ever and also taking a teeny bit of credit for that fact.
Bath appears to be finally getting the go-ahead for its cycle hire scheme. Operated by Italian firm Bicincitta, the scheme has yet to formally get off the ground despite being announced back in 2008.
A bike hire scheme with a difference has been launched in London. Fear not Boris, this scheme will not be challenging your mighty Barclays Boris Bikes empire as it is only open to the most discerning fashionistas (and rich ones at that) among us.
Public bicycle sharing schemes can save lives and reduce greenhouse gas emission. That is the conclusion of an interesting bit of research from a scientific paper published in the latest edition of the British Medical Journal this past week.
Earlier this week we reported that Barclays were in funding discussions with the Mayor of London’s office and Transport for London over the bank providing more sponsorship funds for London’s cycle hire scheme.
Cycle hire schemes are great but they don’t always provide an integrated transport solution by the very nature that the bikes are heavy and cumbersome. Bike manufacturer Brompton hopes to change that with an innovative cycle hire solution based around its iconic folding bike.
There is no doubt that London’s Barclays cycle hire scheme has been successful since it launched in July last year. With the opening up of the scheme to casual users in late 2010, the Easter period this year saw casual users hiring out more bikes compared to members of the scheme for the first time.
Despite being the UK’s second biggest city (and the city of my birth), Birmingham’s cycling facilities are frankly poor and non-existent. When I’ve cycled in the city, I’ve also found a lack of infrastructure to support cycling and traffic that is not used to cyclists on the road.
There must be something about coastal towns and cycle hire schemes. Blackpool already has a council funded cycle hire system in place, while Brighton & Hove is mulling a scheme. Well it now appears that Portsmouth, another coastal city, is keen to get in on the act.