New Electric Bike Stations to Boost Falkirk’s Pedal Power
The Forth Bike network is set to expand with two additional electric bike rental stations in Falkirk, thanks to a collaboration between Forth Environment Link, Sustrans and the NHS.
The new e-bike stations will be located at Camelon Health Clinic and by Lochview, part of NHS Forth Valley’s Bungalows development near Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
The expansion takes the number of stations across Forth Valley to nineteen (thirteen of which are in Falkirk), with five situated on healthcare sites.
The new stations have been positioned to promote active travel across the region, as well as to make it easier for NHS staff and patients to get to and from appointments.
Psychiatrist Dr Louis Jones said: “I’m hugely excited about the new e-bikes coming to Lochview.
“I regularly attend meetings at Forth Valley Royal Hospital and travelling by e-bike is a quick, safe and environmentally friendly way to do so. I reckon it’s much quicker than driving too.”
He added: “I love cycling and have even done home visits to patients on two wheels!”
Forth Bike was launched by Forth Environment Link in 2019 in association with Canadian bike share firm Bewegen and is Scotland’s largest cross regional bike share scheme, with over 150 electric bikes to hire.
The charity’s Active Travel Manager Shirley Paterson said: “These two new stations are a great addition to the growing Forth Bike network. They’ll widen access to the scheme by connecting even more communities and encourage visitors and locals to explore the area on two wheels.
“The Camelon e-bike station is located right in the heart of the village and being so close to the canal path it offers a fantastic way to get around Falkirk safely and sustainably.”
To help promote the new stations Forth Bike will be running an e-bike voucher scheme for NHS staff, as well as a series of led rides.
Forth Bike Community Outreach and Business Development Officer, Rhys Roberts said: “Bewegen are proud to provide Forth Environment Link and NHS Forth Valley with more Forth Bike stations and are excited to see Scotland’s largest e-bike share scheme continue to grow across the Forth Valley.”
For further information see www.forthbike.co.uk