Stirling Bike Share
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.
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 4 working stations (Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Kelpies, Falkirk Wheel and University of Stirling). Many more are 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.
There are a number of different membership types available to the public:
- Yearly membership: £65*
- Monthly Membership: £10*
- Day pass: £4 . Gives you unlimited number of 30 minute rides, for 24 hours.**
- Single-trip pass: £2. Gives you a 30 minute free ride.**
* the first 45 minutes of any given ride are free, beyond that the user will be charged £0.05/minute
** the first 30 minutes of any given ride are free, beyond that the user will be charged £0.05/minute
Everyone who signs up for a membership gets the first month for free. The launch offer entitles all users to the first month of usage free of charge. This means that they get 30 minute rides for free for one month (from the date they sign up, whenever that may be), if they exceed that time on any given ride, the charge of £0.05/minute starts applying here.
For further information on the e-bike scheme call into Stirling or Falkirk Active Travel Hubs or visit the Forth Bike website
nextbike in Stirling
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.
Increasing access to 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. 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.
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.
If you pop into the Hub we can help you to sign up to use nextbike
Bike & Go
Bike & Go is a flexible bike hire scheme operated by Scotrail and available at 12 stations in Scotland and across the UK. It’s perfect if you only need a bike sometimes – so you can pedal off to the shops, the park, or out on a full-day adventure.
How does it work? You’ll need to register, and pay a £10 annual membership fee. Then it’s just a low daily hire rate of £3.80 a day. Pick up the bike at the station, and drop it back when you’re done.