Scotland’s free bike scheme encourages green travel
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Jul 2, 2020
Scotland’s free bike scheme encourages green travel

With lockdown easing and more people needing to use transport again, the Scottish government has allowed the free use of bike-share services for a limited amount of time. The scheme aims to encourage a greener approach to travel in the hopes of making cycling a habit for citydwellers.

Starting on 29 June in both Glasgow and Edinburgh, bike-sharing services are being made free for the first 30 minutes of the journey, with the goal of getting people to choose cycling over public transport for commutes and outings. Over 1,300 bikes are available across both cities from 200 docking stations. The two cities have also added more cycle lanes to their streets in response to an uptick in biking during the pandemic. “For people in our two biggest cities, this initiative will benefit our health, our environment, and will help to manage demand on our public transport network,” says Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure, and connectivity.