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Edinburgh Cycle Hire Scheme

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  1. jdanielp
    Member

    There was a Just Eat cycle propped up in the bicycle rack outside the Premier Inn on Lauriston Place as I passed by late last night. Given that a dock is available only just up the steet, I worry that a user might not have grasped the 24 hour hire details, racking up a large penalty fee. Having said that, the lights weren't actually flashing...

    Posted 2 months ago #
  2. gembo
    Member

    Nathalie, Roderick and Nieve outisde Waverley Court at lunchtime

    Never so fatr have I seen a bike with a dull name. Baird is my fave so far

    Neither have I seen the same named bike twice.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  3. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Takeaway bike abandoned against a bus shelter on North Bridge last night.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. Frenchy
    Member

    Takeaway bike abandoned against a bus shelter on North Bridge last night.

    OPPORTUNITY.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. wingpig
    Member

    Five bikes in the Riego Street imaginary dock; none in the app. I tried waking them all up - some flashed green, some purple, but no luck. I contacted the support team who advised that they're all locked, pending repair. I've never seen any locked yet, so for all the bikes in a dock to be so afflicted seems odd. Fortunately, I'm still mostly just using them opportunistically, not out of necessity.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    OPPORTUNITY.

    For what? The Feds could track my every move.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. jdanielp
    Member

    @IWRATS they'll think that you're someone else (until they check the CCTV at least)?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. Klaxon
    Member

    New dock!

    Waitrose, Comely Bank, 15 spaces total

    Perhaps here going by the map

    Nice big space but a bit secluded from the main street

    Posted 2 months ago #
  9. wingpig
    Member

    All the unhireable bikes gone from Riego St today. I wonder if they were positively reported as duff or if they were automatically taken out by repeated failed undocking processes? No problems docking one there just now, whereas the app once again failed to give me the "finished" screen and report option when I docked one at the RCP, so I had to manually report its mushy rear brake.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  10. Klaxon
    Member

  11. gembo
    Member

    The bike called Roderick has been outside Waverley Court for two days now. I say Release Roderick

    Posted 2 months ago #
  12. PS
    Member

    New dock!
    Waitrose, Comely Bank, 15 spaces total

    Good to hear.

    Early days yet, obviously, but the gaps between the docking stations are looking a bit big at the moment. That'll be 15 minutes walk between that dock and the one at Hamilton Place.

    Appreciate that they'll be casting the net wide to bring as many folk within walking distance as possible, but to facilitate trips to Stockbridge I'd be looking for a dock somewhere near Portgower Place/the Accies ground as well.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  13. jdanielp
    Member

    @gembo is there a Roger?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  14. gembo
    Member

    Thanks jdanielp, we have no Rogers, nor Rodericks, we have Shamson the Shadduccee Shtrangler, Sheveral Sheditious shcribes from Shaesarea

    Posted 2 months ago #
  15. urchaidh
    Member

    Extra un-docked bike in Portobello this morning. Passed someone heading that way from Leith yesterday evening and then noticed the dock was full when I passed, so wonder if they were forced to abandon it.

    Talked to helpful person from scheme at the walk/cycle event on Porty Prom on Saturday. I mentioned issue with Porty dock being full, being quite isolated. She said if stuck that you could phone the service desk and they would consider remote locking the bike if you were at a full dock.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  16. The Porty dock is ridiculously isolated.

    Unless remote docking is quick, easy and guaranteed there, there is really not much point in Porty being 'on-line' yet.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  17. wangi
    Member

    urchaidh, there were actually 2 extra at the dock this morning, one each side.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  18. gembo
    Member

    Elijah, Caleb and Gordon - all recent but Roderick is still unreleased.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  19. gembo
    Member

    Here is a game a colleague has devised (Baba Budan is the excellent coffee and doughnut shop over the road)

    Baba Budan Bike Bingo

    We each select two names
    If one of the names is observed on a Council bike parked outside WC the other must buy the first either a baba Budan coffee or doughnut
    If both names are observed on the same day the other must buy both coffee and doughnut (whole, no sharing)

    My names are Shelby and Winston

    Those werethe colleagues picks

    I went with Caleb and Elijah, equally improbable?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  20. Klaxon
    Member

    I am beginning to suspect Roderick has been given the prestigious title of show bike, an unhireable stallion there to make sure the occupants of Waverley Court can always see a bike parked at the front door.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  21. wingpig
    Member

    A few free spaces at the Porty dock just now, but one was partially blocked by a pink child-scootler.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  22. Morningsider
    Member

    First go on a takeaway bike this morning. Took Abbey for a spin round Arthur's Seat. Apart from a very soft front tyre, everything worked well - app easy to use, undocking and docking all went smoothly. Mind you - I had to walk for about 40 minutes to reach a docking station.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  23. wingpig
    Member

    I have to stop myself stopping to check the tyres as they always feel like they're starting to mush up, but they're just fatter and softer than I'm used to. When my geared bike's 35mm tyres go down below 90psi I start thinking the same thing. The brakes on Gerald felt fine on the flat but the rear one really didn't have much effect when descending towards the roundabout from the hill on Wednesday.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  24. PS
    Member

    Braking on a steepish descent is the one situation where the bikes have felt a bit sketchy for me. They take a bit too long to bite for my liking, but I've just had to adjust my riding style to take that into account by not letting the bike run away with me downhill.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  25. Klaxon
    Member

    Freed at long last

    Posted 2 months ago #
  26. gembo
    Member

    Something about the name putting people off? Roddy more friendly?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  27. Stickman
    Member

    https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/cafe-owner-stunned-after-being-asked-for-3-000-to-host-just-eat-cycles-1-4814796

    “Mr Tait said he was visited by Just Eat cycle representatives a fortnight ago and was told it would cost him £3,000 to have a bike rack installed. There should be Just Eat cycles here. People might say I’m asking for them for selfish reasons but even if I didn’t own this business, if I was just staying here, I’d want facilities to improve.

    Charles Graham, General Manager for Just Eat Cycles, said: “The scheme’s initial hire points are located in the busiest spots in the city with the highest footfall. Each docking station costs more than £3,000 to install and because the scheme comes at no cost to the tax payer, we are speaking to a number of businesses in less densely populated areas of Edinburgh who see the business benefit of having doorstep access to the cycle hire scheme for their customers and staff.

    “We are looking at a range of options for these commercial partnerships which are essential in order to maintain, grow and expand the scheme to the benefit of businesses, residents and visitors to The City. We are also looking to develop specific and cost effective options to work in partnerships with small businesses in The City.”

    Posted 2 months ago #
  28. gembo
    Member

    Another day another boardwalk cafe story in the paper

    Posted 2 months ago #
  29. Klaxon
    Member

    Low population density seems a red herring, on a weekend the area must have an especially high potential user density of those who’ll be paying £1.50 or £3 each for their ride down the prom

    Posted 2 months ago #
  30. gembo
    Member

    You would think bike hired in leith smash along the prom, dock it at mr tIt's emporium, enjoy coffee, rehire back to leith? Kind of flat ten mile trip?

    Posted 2 months ago #

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