Glasgow to double hire bikes as scheme dubbed a success
Sarah Barth August 27 2016
Glasgow is planning to extend its cycle hire scheme to more than double the number of places bikes are available to rent.
Currently Glaswegians and visitors are able to borrow a ride at 43 locations across the city, and now councillors plan to extend that by another 51.
Plans will now be put into action to allow docking stations at Anderston station, City of Glasgow College, Scotstoun Stadium and Mount Florida railway station, among others.
Current locations include Central Station, the Botanic Gardens, the SECC and Gorbals Leisure Centre.
Since 2013 the bikes have proved popular – the original three year project cost £586,000 and featured 400 bikes.
As of July 24 this year there had been 206,109 rentals and 14,080 registrations.
A report going before councillors on Wednesday states: “It is evident from the rental figures that the initial MACH scheme has been a resounding success and that the city has the capacity and appetite to expand the bike hire scheme to other areas of Glasgow,” according to Glasgow Live.
If approved, a contractor will be needed and the additional bikes could be in place by summer 2017.
Glasgow has been a far bigger success than Cardiff, where this year we reported how city bosses were set to resurrect their cycle hire scheme originally launched in 2009 but found to be a flop.
Council transport bosses want a London-style sponsored bike hire scheme for locals and visitors to use.