Glasgow is to invest £1.3m on a city wide cycle hire scheme to appear before it becomes host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The roll-out will see 150 bikes spread over 15 locations, with an ambition to have 400 bikes and 30 docking stations.
The operator role will go out to collective tender, while the city council will foot the £1.3 million capital costs.
The council said it expected it to be about £1.50 for two hours – presumably allowing users time to get up all those hills.
Council leader Gordon Matheson told the Scottish Herald: “”Cycling is cheap, keeps people fit and active, and is good for the environment. I am proud Glasgow is the first city in Scotland to launch such a scheme. Labour is committed to promoting cycling and I want Glasgow to be a city that is friendly to cyclists. This investment will provide an attractive option for people looking to travel quickly around the city. Creating a healthier, more active Glasgow is one of the key legacies of the Commonwealth Games. Bike-hire schemes are popular across Europe.”
Unlike the London system, and more like one in Frankfurt, Germany, the bikes will lock to ordinary bike stands, and users will use their mobiles to obtain the code to the bike’s lock.
Brian Devlin, the council’s head of land services, said: “It would be the intention to implement the Mach scheme in spring 2014, prior to the start of the Commonwealth Games.
“It is recommended the council agrees to underwrite this project at this time to provide a level of certainty to private sector tenderers that the council is serious about this project.”
But the city will be looking to Liverpool for advice, who have not yet managed to find an operating partner for a similar scheme, and Nottingham, where only one bike a day has been taken out in recent months.
I must remember to be less social – giving friends an open invite to come around at Sunday ‘sometime’ meant that my plans for a sneaky Kitesurf session were scarpered when a 12:30pm early lunch was confirmed. Bugger there was no way that would work out for me to get down to the coast have a session and be back washed and ready to cook. The solution I am led to believe is not to ditch said friends but to make alternative plans.
So plan hatched was to get my arse in gear and get out for a run. I confess to having been a bit lazy since the Jedburgh half marathon and my sciatic nerve was twinging a bit (stiff arse for lack of a better word) so down for a normal run to glasgow green And along the river path heading east. It is a great run and as I entered glasgow green right next to west brewery I became aware of heavy footstep runner approaching from behind … I sped up and he still narrowed the gap within 400m and passed me. Phew, younger, taller, slimmer and wearing clothes more appropriate for summer than a violently windy autumnal nay even wintry stormy day. Still a good run and slowed down from the unsustainable 4:20/km pace and sauntered on. Legs felt crap and a bit dehydrated (better than hungover) but heart rate was a lowly 141bpm …. Aaas one of those days.
The run is a simple out and back – down the glasgow green path until the path stops at the construction fence (for the commonwealth games) then back. 12.9 ish on the garmin foot pod and 13.01 using google maps.
Rest of day fine, friends good, food nice (cooked a smoked mackerel risotto yumm) prosecco palatable.
Bicycling and walking make up 10% of all trips made in the U.S., but receive less than 2% of federal transportation funding.
Bicyclists and pedestrians account for 13% of traffic fatalities, but receive less than 1% of federal safety funding.
40% of all trips in America are two miles or less, 74% of which are traveled by car.
Americans spend, on average, 18% of their annual income for transportation. The average annual operating cost of a bicycle is 3.75% ($308) of an average car ($8,220).
A small reduction in driving causes a large drop in traffic. In 2008, the number of vehicle miles traveled dropped 3%, translating to a nearly 30% reduction in peak hour congestion.
Transportation sources account for 70% of our nation’s oil consumption and for 30% of total U.S. GHC emissions.
Simply increasing bicycling and walking from 10% of trips to 13% could lead to fuel savings of around 3.8 billion gallons a year. This is equivalent to having 19 million more hybrid cars on the road.
89% of Americans believe that transportation investments should support the goals of reducing energy use.
71% of Americans report that they would like to bicycle more. 53% favor increasing federal spending on bicycle lanes and paths.
For the price of one mile of four-lane urban highway, around $50 million, hundreds of miles of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure can be built, an investment that could complete an entire network of active transportation facilities for a mid-sized city.
Bikes are the future – if you live in a city you owe it not to yourself but everyone to get on your bike and use less car transport. A bike city is a friendly city. And if petrified about theft then get a Brompton and take your bike into places with you.