A new electric bike station has opened in Bannockburn as the UK’s first cross-regional electric bike sharing scheme continues to power forward.
Forth Bikes - Bannockburn Station

The facility, located on New Road in the village, is one of four new hire points to open this month in the £500,000 Forth Bike project.

Launched by charity Forth Environment Link last June, the e-bike initiative is the largest of its kind in Scotland and connects the three local authorities in the Forth Valley area.

Stirling Council is working in partnership with Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Councils and NHS Forth Valley to support the project as part of its drive to be a leader in sustainable transport. SESTRAN and Transport Scotland are also backing the scheme.

Range of health and environmental benefits

Convener of Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee, Cllr Jim Thomson said: “It's fantastic to see the installation of another e-bike station in Stirling as this exciting project continues to rollout across the Forth Valley area.

“This transformative initiative is part of our ongoing investment in green charging travel infrastructure which will deliver a range of health and environmental benefits for residents and visitors.”

Phase one of Forth Bike will see 120 fully electric bikes made available across 12 key locations in Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire. They can be hired and dropped off at any of the 12 stations, not only the one where the cyclist begins the hire.

The investment in the project underlines the Council’s commitment to tackling climate change following its declaration of a climate emergency last year. 

Encouraging active and more sustainable travel

Vice Convener of the Committee, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “Electric bikes play a key role in encouraging active and more sustainable travel across Stirling, which is among the Council’s key priorities.

“The opening of this new bike station in Bannockburn and in other Forth Valley area locations is another positive step forward, and further reaffirms our eco-commitments in the wake of declaring a climate emergency.”

An annual pass for Forth Bike, which uses the latest electric bikes by Canadian firm Bewegen Technologies Inc, costs just £65/year for unlimited journeys or £2 for a single journey – offering low cost access to high tech e-bikes across the region from as little as 18p a day.

The four new stations are located at:

  • High Street, Falkirk
  • New Road, Bannockburn
  • King Street, Stenhousemuir
  • Tillicoultry Devon Way (Elistoun Drive).

For further information on the e-bike scheme call into Stirling or Falkirk Active Travel Hubs or visit www.forthbike.co.uk

Background info and photo details: 

Latest statistics from Forth Bike:
* Approximately 2000 users signed up since launch (June 2019).
* Over 3500 trips (total)
* 14,000 miles travelled (total)
* CO2 “captured”: 30kg
* Calories burned: Over 500,000Kcal

* There are now nine stations live, with more coming this year, including Stirling Train Station.

* Pictured at the new electric bike station in Bannockburn are (from left) Georgi Gushlekov and Steve Willis from Forth Environment Link Travel Hub; Innes Robertson, Public Transport Development Officer Stirling Council; Cllr Jim Thomson and Cllr Danny Gibson.