Forth Environment Link and the Active Travel Hub have played an important role in bringing bike share to Stirling. Bike Share is a service in which bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a short term basis.
Bike share news
Forth Environment Link and Recyke-a-Bike have joined forces with Cycling Scotland to make the region’s two bike share schemes, nextbike and Forth Bike, free to key workers during April. Find out more.
The Hub is looking to give more people access to the nextbike scheme. We are piloting a new project this year, working with the four city centre high schools in Stirling to give young people access to the bikes for both school and leisure journeys. Further information can be found on our schools bike share page.
We are working with Stirling Council, Recyke-a-Bike, Cycling Scotland and Young Scot to incentivise and promote uptake of the scheme for senior pupils.
Subsidised membership of nextbike
We also offer subsidised memberships via referrals from partners within local communities, and via the NHS. We envisage people being able to use bike share to improve access to everyday services, and to improve their health and wellbeing.
In June 2019, Forth Environment Link launched Forth Bike. The 120 ebike project is the UK’s first cross regional ebike scheme connecting three Council areas: Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.
In the first year of the scheme nearly 9000 journeys were made, with Forth Bike users clocking up nearly 45,000 miles – that’s almost twice round the globe! A whopping 22,000 miles of the 45,000 were ridden in the first three months after lockdown began.
The Forth Bikes are ideally suited for commuting and leisure trips. They are equipped with a basket at the front, to place your possessions in, as well as a secondary lock (located in the front basket) if you ever need to make an impromptu stop. The bikes can last up to 60 miles on a single charge, making them a real alternative to the car.
There are currently docking stations at the following locations:
Falkirk High Street
Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Helix: Home of the Kelpies
Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Stirling Health and Care Village
Stirling Train Station (virtual docking station)
All 120 of the bikes in our scheme are Pedelec. The gearing and the level of assistance the battery gives a cyclist is entirely is entirely automatic (the computer figures it out all by itself)... so all you need to do is to pedal.
Membership / Pricing
Information about the different membership types and costs can be found in the pricing section on the Forth Bike website.
The popular nextbike scheme has been operating in Stirling since 2014, and to date has seen over 55,000 rides completed. The 23 station, 160 bike network is well used by the student population, as well as corporate members including Keep Scotland Beautiful, Stirling Council and SEPA.
nextbike is an affordable and flexible way of travelling around Stirling on two wheels – no need to worry about storing and maintaining your own bike! There are flexible membership options available to suit anybody, from pay as you go to monthly and annual subscriptions.
News - June 2020
Stirling residents will get free access to a fleet of 200 free bikes for the next three months as the number of people cycling surges due to Covid-19. Find out more.