Potential bike hire scheme to be explored

Aberdeen City Council is to investigate the potential development of a bike hire scheme.

Engagement will take place with stakeholders and the public about how such a scheme might operate.

Council transport spokesman Councillor Ross Grant said: “It is very exciting that we’re at this stage now for a potential bike hire scheme.

“We’ve had many people asking about the potential for one in the city and it’s great we’re at the start of the formal consultations with interested organisations and the public.”

Elected members would be asked to approve any recommendations stemming from the appraisal exercise.

If a bike hire scheme gets the go ahead, it would support the city’s Active Travel Action Plan.

This work is part of the four-year Civitas PORTIS project – a project to test and measure innovative and sustainable urban mobility projects in five European cities.

Project partners include Aberdeenshire Council, Nestrans, The Robert Gordon University, the University of Aberdeen, and Aberdeen Harbour Board.

Civitas Portis has received 100% funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, which finishes in August next year.