Stirling will offer cyclists an extra spark by plugging in to the UK’s first cross-regional electric bike sharing scheme.

Stirling Council is working in partnership with Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Councils and NHS Forth Valley to support the project as part of its drive to be a leader in sustainable transport.

The first phase of the £500,000 e-bike scheme will see 120 fully electric bikes made available across 12 key locations in Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.

The new e-bikes can be hired and dropped off at any of the 12 stations, not only the one where the cyclist begins the hire.

An annual pass for Forth Bike will cost just £65/year for unlimited journeys or £2 for a single journey – offering low cost access to high tech e-bikes across the region from as little as 18p a day. Early adopters of the scheme will also be given a free one-month trial.

The bikes have a 48V battery which automatically assist the rider. A fully charged battery will contain enough power for approximately 60 miles and, after this, the bikes will continue to work as a conventional bike.

The battery will also assist the rider to travel up to 15mph, although the motor will not assist in reaching any higher speeds.

Canadian firm Bewegen will help local charity Forth Environment Link (FEL) deliver the e-bike project, which is the latest step in Stirling Council’s commitment to developing a world class low carbon infrastructure for the benefit of future generations.

During the past year the Council has already invested around £800K to install electric vehicle chargers in a variety of locations across Stirling, which includes new substations at Forthside and Castleview. A further £1.5 million is being invested to create Europe’s largest electric vehicle charging hub at Castleview Park and Ride, which will create solar canopies and a major battery storage system with up to 60+ charge points.

Convenor of the Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson, said: “This e-bike project is the latest in a series exciting initiatives that will ensure Stirling is at the heart of Scotland’s green charging travel infrastructure.

“Electric bikes will give residents and tourists the freedom and benefits of cycling, with a little extra assistance. By providing the opportunity for people to use electric bicycles in a range of locations throughout Stirling, it is not only good for a person’s individual health and wellbeing, it is also positive for the environment.”

Vice Convenor Danny Gibson said: “Over the next couple of years we are helping to deliver considerable investment that will continue the transformation of the charging infrastructure across Stirling.

“Electric bikes are great for all types of people, particularly for those looking to change habits and start exercising more, helping them feel better, ride for longer and improve their fitness. They play a key role in encouraging active travel on a daily basis, encouraging people to make the transition away from other modes of transport and help the environment.”

For further information on the e-bike scheme call into Stirling Active Travel Hubs

Dock locations (by Local Authority area) are

Stirling Council:

Bannockburn

Stirling University

Stirling Care Village

Stirling Rail Station

Falkirk Council:

The Falkirk Wheel           

The Kelpies        

Stenhousemuir

Falkirk High Street

Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert         

Clackmannanshire Council:

Tillicoultry

Alloa

Dollar

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