Forth Bike cyclists rack up more than 83,000 miles

Users of a Forth Valley cycling initiative have clocked up more than 83,000 miles since the scheme was launched in 2019.

By Jonathon Reilly
Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 7:00 am

The Forth Bike programme has seen 144 ebikes introduced to the region, with 8000 cyclists having travelled round the globe three times – and some – since its creation.

Collectively, users have made more than 8,000 journeys across Forth Valley in less than two years.

Its popularity has soared since the first lockdown last year.

The Forth Bike project was launched in 2019 at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. Picture: Mark Ferguson.

In May 2020, ebikers travelled a mammoth 14,439 miles, while 100 key workers have taken advantage of free annual memberships to commute to work.

The number of stations was also boosted earlier this month,when new hire points opened in Falkirk, Denny, Grangemouth and Bo’ness, taking the total number of stations to 16.

Charity Forth Environment Link has been instrumental to the scheme’s success, securing funding for the project and managing its roll-out across the region.

From April 1, Forth Bike will be fully operated by Canadian company Bewegen.

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