City cycle hire scheme rolls out
Glasgow's new Mass Automated Cycle Hire (MACH) scheme has been launched.
Hundreds of bikes are available for public hire across over 30 locations around the city with additional temporary sites at six Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games venues.
Customers can register via a website or through their smartphone to use the cycles on a casual basis or through an annual membership scheme with NextBike Glasgow. Local businesses can also sign up for a corporate membership to allow staff or customers access to the bikes for free.
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "Glasgow now joins other major cities around the world in having a bike scheme that is attractive, affordable and easy to use.
"The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will leave a lasting legacy in the city giving us an ideal opportunity to capitalise on, and support, the continuing growth of cycling in Glasgow.
"We have studied similar schemes across the world to ensure we give the people of Glasgow, and visitors, a cycle hire scheme that meets their needs and compliments their lifestyles.
"Hiring of the cycles will be quick, easy and user friendly. The operation of the scheme will be made efficient through the use of tried and trusted technology, such as mobile phones.
"The scheme will play a key role in driving forward Sustainable Glasgow as it will lead to a reduction in carbon emissions, leading to an improvement in air quality and will give people ready access to a healthy method of travel.
"We launched the 'Glasgow Strategic Plan for Cycling 2010 - 2020' which aims to see cycling as the biggest participation activity in the city by 2020.
"This is the latest step, in addition to the millions of pounds we're investing on cycle routes across the city, to making Glasgow one of the UK's most cycling friendly cities."
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