Many cities in Europe have cycle hire schemes, the type where you put a credit card into a machine and then take a bicycle. Earlier in 2015 there were newspaper stories about the possibility of such a scheme coming to Edinburgh. Glasgow already has a scheme with 400 bicycles across 31 hire stations. Abellio, the new operator of Scotrail, announced that they would introduce cycle hire at train stations. Drem station in East Lothian would make an ideal candidate for a cycle hire facility and this is why...
Although the station is in a rural area it is only 25 minutes from Edinburgh and provides easy access to many visitor attractions within short cycling distances. The roads are light on traffic and largely flat, so it is ideal for people new to cycling. The station could easily become a leisure cycling destination with daytrippers travelling from Edinburgh, perhaps it might even be possible to offer a combined rail and cycle hire ticket and even discounted entry to some of the visitor attractions.
I have blogged about the variety of interesting things to see and do from Drem station. Here are five that can be visited on short cycle trips from the station:
Visit Concorde at the National Museum of Flight- 3.8 miles from Drem station
Motoring nostalgia at Myreton Motor Museum- 2 miles from Drem station
Climb to the top of an iron age hill fort- Chesters hill fort is a little over a mile from Drem station
Visit the birthplace of Scotland's flag- 2 miles from Drem station
Climb to the top of a tower for stunning views over the countryside towards the sea- the Hopetoun Monument is a little under 3 miles from Drem station
Do you agree that Drem would be a good place to have a cycle hire scheme? Are there any other train stations that you think should have cycle hire available?
My name is Colin Baird and I want to see all of Scotland by bicycle.