Oldmeldrum Community E-Bikes
Project Trial Phase
This is the second of our community ebike hire projects to explore the demand and viability of a community based e-bike hire scheme in Oldmeldrum. This time around the hires are longer, at one working week (Mon – Fri) in duration and weekend hires also available, to give you a real flavour of using an ebike in your routine.
We will require a more detailed report of usage during the hire period and hope that participants will be willing to consider volunteering to help us develop the project further.
This project is an innovation by Meldrum Paths Group
Hiring an E-Bike
We have 2 e-bikes available for hire and 2 hire periods are available each week.
- 5 Days Monday – Friday (£24)
- 2 Days Weekend (£15)
Hires will be charged at £24 per bike per 5 day week and £15 per bike per weekend
Bikes will be available to adults only (18+). You can hire both bikes or just one, subject to availability.
The bike hires will be collected from and returned to Oldmeldrum Square. Customers will be met outdoors at the Town Hall. Covid rules, social distancing etc will be observed. All equipment will be cleaned and disinfected between hires
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Its really easy to use.
Ebikes are really easy to use. We will provide safety equipment and a charger and show you how to use them.
There is a simple hire agreement and identity check and you will need to be able to store the bikes safely and use the provided locks when not in use.
Where can I go?
We really want you to use the bikes to replace car journeys. Consider using one to commute to work or for other essential journeys such as shopping.
The bikes are designed for use on the road. There are plenty of quiet roads and lanes around Oldmeldrum and Inverurie is well within the range of the ebikes.
The battery will take care of the hills for you ! If you are still unsure we can organise an accompanied ride for your first go.
We would also ask you not to transport the bikes away from Oldmeldrum. Our trial is all about choosing sustainable local travel and leaving the car at home for relatively short journeys. The bikes are not suitable for significant off road use.
Who can hire?
The bikes are available to adult (18+) residents of Oldmeldrum, Bourtie and the surrounding local area.
We expect that hires will be collected and returned by riding the bikes. We don’t want you to transport the bikes in vehicles. We want you to ride them away and back.
We expect that you will have sufficient cycling ability to ride the bikes on quieter roads in and around the town. We also expect that you will follow the highway code when riding the bikes.
We will provide lights and a helmet. You should provide your own cycle clothing including hi-vis if necessary. We will also provide a lock which you must use when not using the ebike.
See here for the full conditions of hire
This trial project is about helping you to experience using an e-bike at an affordable price. E-bikes really can help you to leave the car at home. Use it for necessary journeys.
A leisure ride, commuting by bike, a trip to the shops, a local journey, a delivery.
E-bikes are also great fun and make it possible for people of different abilities to cycle safely together for leisure. While you will still have to pedal, the hills are much less of a problem thanks to the battery and motor assist.
If your partner is already a cyclist you’ll be able to keep up or even overtake them on the hills!
The range is in excess of 50km per charge.
Information and Research
Our project began back in April with a 4 week trial. This time we are back with a second 4 week trial but slightly different in design.
We will ask you to provide a few details about your plans for the bike and your arrangements for looking after it during the hire.
We will also ask you to keep a diary of your journeys and fill in a short questionnaire about how you used the bike. This will help us to shape the project for the future.
Who Are we?
EbikeMeldrum is a project by Meldrum Paths Group.
The bikes we are using for the trial are being provided by Huntly and District Development Trust and we thank them for their support.
We intend to use this trial to provide the roots of a sustainable community enterprise linking our communities and reducing carbon emissions.