The Wee County will receive a pedal power boost this week as three electric bike stations open in Alloa, Dollar and Tillicoultry on Wednesday 18 November.
Hire points will be located by Alloa Train Station, Strathdevon Primary School (Dollar) and on The Devon Way (Moss Rd) giving locals easy access to Forth Bike’s 120 e-bike network.
Forth Bike was launched by charity Forth Environment Link last year and is Scotland’s only cross regional scheme; connecting Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.
Shirley Paterson, Forth Environment Link’s Active Travel Development Manager, said: “The addition of these three stations is great news for people live in Clackmannanshire. Locals now have easy access to affordable low carbon travel from as little as 18p a day. Our Forth Bikes last for up to 60 miles on a single charge, making them a real alternative to the car for commuting or exploring Forth Valley’s cycle path networks.”
An annual pass for Forth Bike costs £65 per year for unlimited journeys (45-minute hire) or £2 for a single journey (30-minute hire); with free memberships available to NHS staff and other key workers.
Charlotte Talayssat, Program Manager for Bewegen which supplies the schemes electric bikes said: “We’re proud to be part of this new development. It’s great to see the Forth Bike scheme grow. The addition of 3 new stations will help increase access to electric bikes across the region! With more than 10,000 e-bike trips already this year, we’ve seen interest in Forth Bike soar across Forth Valley and continue to invite everyone to join this active travel revolution!”
Forth Bike is funded by Transport Scotland, NHS Forth Valley, SESTRAN, Clackmannanshire Council, Stirling Council and Falkirk Council. For further information on the e-bike scheme visit www.forthbike.co.uk or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neil Wilson (45), a GP at the Stirling Health and Care Village, is a recent Forth Bike convert having signed up for free as a keyworker.
He said: “I’d never tried an electric bike before joining Forth Bike, so it was a brand new experience for me. I love all things two wheeled and was keen to give the electric assist bikes a try. I’ve really enjoyed using them, particularly in the better summer weather. However, with their mudguards and basket on the front they’re still convenient even in a shower.”
Neil has also used the bikes for home visits. He said: “I feel more confident doing this on an electric bike as I’m less likely to arrive out of puff or sweaty! I also use the bikes to nip into town at lunchtime, for pleasure or an errand. It’s lovely not to have to worry about parking and I feel good about being ‘environmentally friendly’ and avoiding using the car for short journeys.”