Plans for an electrical bike scheme may see Dundee welcome its personal model of London’s well-known “Boris Bikes” – 10 years on from their launch within the UK capital.
Dundee Metropolis Council and Experience On Scotland need to create an electrical bike share throughout town to encourage extra biking within the space.
Ought to the preliminary utility be permitted, these behind the venture hope that as much as 20 bike docking stations can be constructed throughout town with 250 on provide for individuals to borrow in trade for a small charge.
Because the common “Boris bikes”, formally referred to as Santander Cycles, had been arrange in London a decade in the past, they’ve been used nearly 100 million instances with celebrities akin to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Russell Model being noticed on them.
The planning utility that has been submitted is for an preliminary docking station with 20 electrical bikes on Euclid Avenue within the metropolis centre, however it’s hoped additional contraptions could possibly be constructed exterior the practice station, Ninewells Hospital in addition to each Dundee and Abertay Universities.
Steve Pyer, who’s engaged on the venture and has beforehand labored on related bike share schemes in London and Paris, thinks it’s preferrred for an up and coming metropolis like Dundee.
He mentioned: “We plan to finally get 250 electrical bikes and about 20 docking stations throughout town, together with two in Broughty Ferry and one at Ninewells Hospital.
“Individuals can rent them to commute from the practice station too as a result of we’re planning related initiatives in that space too.
“We additionally assume there can be lots of people trying to make use of them to go to the colleges and the hospitals, so those that dwell and work within the metropolis can benefit from this to get elsewhere in Dundee with out having to drive or take public transport.
“Related schemes in Glasgow have been actually, actually profitable and I believe Dundee would be the similar, particularly after with the waterfront growth and new cycle paths being created.
“We hope they are often of an identical ilk to the ‘Boris Bikes’ scheme in London.”
The proposals have been welcomed by Dundee Cycle Discussion board, who’ve mentioned it’s “preferrred” for town.
Donald Baddon, from the discussion board, mentioned: “This may be unbelievable and Dundee may prepared the ground for informal biking in Scotland.
“It’s a actually good thought as a result of whether it is windy otherwise you need to rise up to the Hilltown you’ll be able to go up on an electrical bike in your regular garments and never be sweating.
“You will get to work on one while not having a bathe afterwards whereas nonetheless getting 80% of the well being advantages of a traditional bike.
“The Boris bikes in London work nicely on the flat, however in Dundee the electrical bikes can be common for getting up the hills – the one factor that may cease it’s if it’s too costly.
“I hope it actually takes off and Dundee Cycle Discussion board will certainly be supporting it.”
Mr Baddon mentioned he want to see those that get free bus passes supplied subsidies to make use of these electrical bikes to encourage a sexy various to public transport.
Planning bosses at Dundee Metropolis Council will now contemplate the proposals.