eBikes available to hire at Eskmills, Musselburgh

A new GO eBike public hire station is now available in Musselburgh at Eskmills Hub. Funded by SEStran (the South East Transport Partnership) and SHARE North EU the GO eBike project was developed by SEStran and has involved setting up a series of hubs across the region. The hubs are developed with a mix of local community organisations, charities and academic institutions resulting in each hub being unique and tailored to its local community, with more locations planned for launch over the next year.

The overall objective of GO eBike hubs is to enable access to e-bikes and to provide more people the opportunity to experience the benefits of ebikes and cycling as both a leisure activity and mode of transport.

The project is designed to promote short and long cycle trips within core communities, where clusters of residents, students, tourist destinations and services can readily be connected in East Lothian and Midlothian.

Cabinet member for Environment, Economic Development and Tourism, Cllr John McMillan said: “This growing network of eBike hubs provides both local residents and visitors to Musselburgh opportunities to use eBikes for commuting, shopping or leisure. This offers an alternative travel option which is also of course an invaluable contributor to sustainable travel and zero emissions.”

Nicole Pyper, Marketing and Building Manager at Eskmills added: “We are extremely excited to partner with East Lothian Council on the GO e-bike project. Introducing alternative means of commute for the businesses located at Eskmills was always part of our future plan, and being an active travel hub for the wider East Lothian community is just the icing on the cake.”

The new custom-designed rack was due to be manufactured in Canada and shipped across but alternative procurement was investigated and the new rack was instead made by Macmerry-based manufacturer, Had-Fab Ltd.

People can hire a bike and start riding within minutes by downloading an app to their smartphone. As well as pay per ride, there are also get daily, monthly, or annual membership to the scheme which is available online at www.goebike.uk  or through the mobile app. Rides cost from £2 for 30mins, with £0.05 for each additional minute, and annual membership costs £65 with unlimited 45mins trips. To find out more and start riding, visit: https://goebike.uk/

Published: Wednesday, 10th August 2022