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Pedal power hits the streets of Edinburgh during free cycling initiative

Over 5,000 trips were made using Edinburgh’s new city bikes last week after Just Eat Cycles, which is operated by Serco on behalf of Transport for Edinburgh, made the scheme completely free to use for seven days.

Between Sunday 5 May and Saturday 11 May 5,045 trips were made by 3,344 new users who signed up to the free deal.

The bikes covered 5,327 miles in seven days – the equivalent of 409 times along Edinburgh’s 13 mile long city bypass, or 57 return trips to Glasgow.

The free week was planned to coincide with Edinburgh hosting the UK’s first ever Open Streets event on Sunday 5 May. A number of city centre streets will continue to close to traffic on the first Sunday of each month for residents to enjoy walking, cycling and local attractions in a relaxed and car-free environment.

Charles Graham, Serco’s General Manager for Just Eat Cycles, said: “We’re really pleased that so many people jumped at the chance to try out the bikes during the free week. It’s our hope that usage rates will continue to grow, especially as the weather begins to improve and more people uncover the benefits of cycling in the city.”

The free week was the busiest to date since the scheme launched in September last year. Currently there are 500 bikes strategically positioned around the city’s network which is made up of 80 hire points, with yet more set to come over the summer.

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