Glasgow City Council could expand cycle hire programme

A cycle hire scheme in Glasgow could get a extended lease of life after the council revealed it is investigating whether to expand the scheme…

Glasgow City Council is looking into the expansion of its cycle hire scheme.

The mass automated cycle hire (Mach) currently has 43 stations across the city, with 435 bikes available for hire.

Now, the city council is looking at whether it could expand its fleet of bikes to 900 and deliver a total of 100 stations.

The expansion would form part of a new seven-year contract, which would be awarded next year. Locations of new stations would be determined by factors such as user demand, popularity of existing routes and the proximity to existing stations.

Glasgow City Council’s executive member for transport Elaine McDougall said: “The people of Glasgow and surrounding areas have really embraced our cycle hire scheme, based on usage figures.

“The Mach bikes are being seen in use all over the city and are very popular also with commuters, students, businesses and visitors.

“We receive overwhelming feedback from users of the scheme and numerous requests for more stations.”


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