Hire a bike

Why not hire a bike to get from A to B rather than driving.  Just Eat Cycles have over 100 bike stations all around Edinburgh.  You can pick up from one location and drop off at another.  Visit Just Eat Cycles to find out more.

Why the contribution is important

Cycling can often be quicker to get around Edinburgh than driving.  It can be a healthier, cheaper and a more environmentally friendly option.  It can also be handy if you're in a rush and don't have time to walk.

by Yvonne_CEC on February 18, 2020 at 03:43PM

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  • Posted by TK August 06, 2020 at 17:14

    I like the idea, but there need to be more stations - especially further out. I live in Gracemount and there are none near me. Looking at the map of stations, the same is true of many other locations - Oxgangs, Colinton, Blackhall etc.
  • Posted by Voiceofreason September 07, 2020 at 10:29

    No, no, no - this just adds to congestion and emissions - how do you think that bicycles are redistributed around the city? - they don't use Star Trek transporters, rather diesel spewing vans.

    Read Cyrille Médard de Chardon's research papers on the topic, highlighting the pointlessness of such schemes and how they add to pollution.
  • Posted by TK September 08, 2020 at 11:52

    I can't find the specific paper(s) the previous commentor alluded to, however:
    1) There's no reason why the redistribution vans can't be electric

    2) A single van carrying many bikes is better than all those individuals journeys being carried out by car.

    3) In cities like London or Paris, there is evidence that many shared bike users have switched from public transport rather than private cars (e.g. https://en.reset.org/blog/p[…]r-fail-environment-09302019). The public transport in Edinburgh is much less comprehensive (and Edinburgh is a smaller city) so I suspect a higher proportion of users would be switching from driving a car. A switch from private motor vehicles to bikes has a much higher environmental benefit than a switch from public transport to bikes.

    4) Current schemes are often hampered by low usage (which reduces efficiency) but the solution is not to abandon the schemes but remove the barriers to use. Better cycling infrastructure, ebikes etc. all make people more likely to use the scheme and therefore increases the benefits.
  • Posted by Voiceofreason September 09, 2020 at 14:19

    "I can't find the specific paper(s) the previous commentor alluded to, however:
    1) There's no reason why the redistribution vans can't be electric"

    They aren't - that'd cost the sponsor far too much - see the last cited article - "operator’ rebalancing behaviors constrained between opposing goals of maximizing trips, profits, and service level agreements. Many BSS have no explicitly defined purpose, but existing rebalancing strategies can support or clash with the purpose or suggested benefits of a BSS" - e.g. shifting bicycles used for a bit of a jolly for 10 minutes around by van generates far more emissions than can possibly be saved.

    Here's the Articles (easy to find......):

    https://liser.elsevierpure.[…]efits-purposes-and-outcomes

    https://liser.elsevierpure.[…]system-success-determinants

    https://liser.elsevierpure.[…]tice-and-urban-transformati

    https://liser.elsevierpure.[…]tegies-patterns-and-purpose
  • Posted by TK September 10, 2020 at 13:55

    All those papers are behind a paywall, so I can only see the abstract. While I agree from the abstract that the overall tone is critical, nothing I can see is quite as damming as you seem to suggest. While there are clearly lessons to be learnt from previous schemes, a well-implemented scheme could be good.

    "Many BSS have no explicitly defined purpose, but existing rebalancing strategies can SUPPORT OR CLASH with the purpose or suggested benefits of a BSS"
    So both supporting and clashing with is possible - certainly not black and white is it?
  • Posted by Voiceofreason September 11, 2020 at 13:03

    I appreciate that Ms. Thunberg has defined that all necessary science has already been done and that Extinction Rebellion decry the availability of any material that speaks counter to their narrow narrative, however, these papers are readily accessible to anyone interested in a balanced view.
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