“Transport for Edinburgh (TfE) and Serco are delighted to announce that they have signed the concession agreement for Serco to introduce and operate the innovative new cycle hire scheme for the City of Edinburgh – with the first bikes due to hit the City’s streets later this summer.
The new cycle scheme is set to transform urban mobility and cycling in the City of Edinburgh as the Serco team brings the best aspects of some of the world’s most successful cycle hire schemes and applications to Edinburgh. The scheme will match elements of Serco’s experience of operating the London Cycle Hire Scheme with the experience of Norwegian bike share developer and operator Urban Infrastructure Partner (UIP) in running the cycle hire schemes in Oslo and Bergen. Using bikes from Serco’s partner on the London scheme Pashley Cycles, Britain’s longest-established cycle manufacturer, Serco will deliver a world-class bike share scheme tailored to the needs of Edinburgh residents, visitors and students.
The initial three-year concession agreement will deliver 500 manual cycles as well as 100 electric cycles. The first 200 manual cycles will be operational in time for the start of the university academic year, and the number of manual cycles available will increase to 500 by April 2019 along with the intended plan for e-bike hire."