Edinburgh cycle hire gets the Fringe show on the road

Published: 16 Aug 2019

Edinburgh’s new cycle hire scheme is gearing up for its first Fringe by supporting the people visiting, working and performing at this year’s festival.

Just Eat Cycles is providing Fringe workers and performers with a month long pass at a reduced-cost until 31 August. The Fringe Participant Pass costs £10 for unlimited 1-hour hires for the whole month.

Run on behalf of Transport for Edinburgh, the scheme was launched in September 2018 and currently has around 60 hire points and a fleet of 500 bikes. A record number of users rode the bikes in June 2019.

Just Eat Cycles has also partnered with The Pleasance to ensure bikes are stationed outside all of the hub’s venues.

A series of new hire points have opened at key venues around the city, including on Grassmarket, Drummond Street and Hunter Square to allow people visiting, working and performing at the Fringe the cheapest and easiest way to get around Edinburgh this August.

Anthony Alderson, Director of Pleasance, comments: “I’m thrilled that we’re partnering with Just Eat this year to offer reduced price cycle hire to Fringe performers and workers. Getting around Edinburgh and staying healthy can be some of the biggest challenges of the Fringe and I’m always looking for small ways to combat stresses such as these as well as ensuring we support the environment and work on the sustainability of this mega festival. I for one will definitely enjoy having these stationed right outside all of the Pleasance venues.”

Charles Graham of Serco, and General Manager of Just Eat Cycles, said: Edinburgh's city bikes are the fastest way around town in August. We’re delighted to be supporting the people who are the lifeblood of this vibrant, month long festival by giving them the option of eco-friendly, low cost transport.”

[Photo credit: DAVID MONTEITH-HODGE]