Edinburgh councillors are about to call in external consultants to help
draw up a business plan for a bike hire scheme in the city. This
follows the results of a feasibility study that has estimated a demand for
12,000 bike hires a day in the city from a mix of students, tourists,
commuters and office workers.
The scheme might mirror one of the schemes
already in operation in Europe.
- The scheme in Paris charges the most for
hire, at £12 for 3 hours.
- The scheme in Brussels is the cheapest,
at £1.60 for 3 hours.
The cost of setting up a scheme for the hire of
800 bikes in Leith has been estimated at £2.8m. The Evening News
reports that the scheme would initially focus on the tram route, but could
later be extended to the New Town, Stockbridge, Marchmont and Merchiston,
with 2,500 biked in operation.
Edinburgh Evening News: February 19, 2008: p.21.