Edinburgh Trams to allow bicycles on board following trial
During the trial, an average of 12 bikes a day were carried on trams, with York Place the most popular boarding point. Feedback found both passengers and staff were favour of making the trial a permanent part of the service.
Michael Powell, Safety, Quality & Environment Manager at Edinburgh Trams, said:
After considering passenger feedback and the number of cyclists using the trams every day we agreed that there was little to no impact on daily operations and so we are happy to welcome bikes on board. Although the numbers are currently quite small we expect that more people may use their bikes in future, so we are keeping the hours and conditions that applied during the trial, to make sure we continue to look after the safety and comfort of all passengers.
Lesley Hinds, Chair, Transport for Edinburgh said:
Edinburgh Trams is the first UK tram operator to allow bikes on board and I am delighted that we leading the way to ensure that Edinburgh’s system is truly integrated with all types of transport methods. The tram route connects to several cycle paths leading around the city and this will hopefully encourage more people into public transport.
Ian Maxwell from Spokes the Lothian Cycle Campaign said:
We’ve been pleased to work with Edinburgh Trams on this trial and welcome the decision they have made to extend access. We urge cyclists to respect other tram users, but also hope that in future tram staff will have discretion to allow bicycles on quiet off-peak trams.
Cyclists can be take their bicycles on Edinburgh Trams seven days a week (except from week day peak travel hours 0730 – 0930 & 1600-1830).
Bicycles will not be permitted during the Edinburgh Festival, 7–31 August or during other pre-publicised special events where there may be a greater demand for travel.
Passengers with disabilities, or those with prams or buggies, will take priority over bicycles. Tram staff will have the discretion to decline bicycles if services are busy.
Only two bicycles can be carried per tram. Cyclists should stand at the centre section, marked on the platform by a disabled logo tile, and take guidance from staff.
Cyclists remain with their bicycles at all times.