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.
Increasing access to bike share
Stirling City Schools Bike Share
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.
Regional Bike Share
In June 2019, Forth Environment Link launched Forth Bike, Scotland’s largest electric bike hire scheme. The 120 e-bike project is also the UK’s first cross regional e-bike scheme connecting three Council areas: Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.
There are currently 6 docking stations: Falkirk Wheel, Helix: Home of the Kelpies, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Stirling Health and Care Village, Stirling University, Stirling Train Station (virtual docking station).
Five more stations will be live soon.
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.
Unlocking a Forth Bike with the app
Reporting a problem with a Forth Bike
The Forth Bike secondary lock
How to unlock a Forth Bike
Forth Bike safety tips
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.
Find all our latest cycling and walking events happening around Stirling.