Bike Hire Available at Edinburgh Festival Camping
Just Eat Cycle has been set up to reduce the amount of road traffic in Edinburgh over the festival period. In August, there is an exponential increase of footfall in Edinburgh, that sees the population more than double. The festivals include Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
The cycle hire scheme has stationed 500 bikes around the city’s network which is made up of 80 different hire points, with more being set up over the summer. Luckily for us at Edinburgh Festival Camping, one of those stations is located a stone throw away from the site.
How does it work?
Firstly, download the app which is on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Just type in ‘Just Eat Cycles’ into the search bar and press download.
Secondly, Open the app and register if you have not registered before or else just sign into the app and you will be prompted by the screen on the right.
1.50 for a single trip of up to 1 hour – each 30 minutes thereafter is £1 extra.
£3 for a day pass, allowing unlimited journeys of up to 1 hour each in a 24 hour period.
For £90 you can sign up for an annual membership, allowing unlimited ‘1 hour’ hires for 365 day
You can enable extended rental for all the passes, enabling longer journeys over an hour at an additional cost of £1 per 30 minutes.
You can also sign up and buy a pass through the web site at www.edinburghcyclehire.com, but you will still need the app to use the scheme.
Find a Bike
You can find the closest available bike in the app. A bike can be unlocked and returned 24 hours a day.
Tap “unlock” in the app when you’re close to a station. It will then tell you which bike is yours.
Ride as much as you want, up to 60 minutes at a time. The app watches the time for you. You can extend the rental for £1 per 30 minutes.
You can return your bike to any station at any time. The closest available docks are shown in the app.
Lock The Bike At a Physical Station
Push the bike into the dock until it’s locked. The front light will turn green and the bike will make a confirmation sound. Check for confirmation in the app, and it will also tell you a little more about your journey.
Lock The Bike At a virtual station indicated by markings on the ground
Park the bike on its stand within the markings and then press the ‘end my ride’ button on the app. The front light will turn blue and then you can push down the lever on the right-hand side of the lock. Make sure it is all the way down and secured. If it doesn’t easily go down just wiggle the front wheel a little, it is probably touching a spoke.
You will know when the bike is locked, the front light will turn green and the bike will make a confirmation sound.