Edinburgh Trams extend bike trial

Posted on Wednesday, 27th May 2015 at 12:50

Following a successful test period during May, the Edinburgh Trams bike trial will be extended for a further month until the end of June. 

So far, an average of 10 bikes have been taken on board daily. York Place has shown to be the most popular boarding point with almost a third of recorded journeys starting there. 

Feedback will continue to be gathered by Edinburgh Trams from cyclists and other passengers and can be given by contacting customer services

Lesley Hinds, Chair, Transport for Edinburgh said:

Extending the trial will allow us more time to gather further feedback from cyclists and passengers, which will in turn give us the information to make a confident decision regarding allowing bike on trams as part of our conditions of carriage in the future.

Tom Norris, Director and General Manager, Edinburgh Trams said:

We’ve listened to feedback from our passengers we are pleased to extend the bike trial through to the end of June because it seems to be working really well.  The feedback we have received has been positive and normal operational services have not been negatively affected with the trial.

During the extended trial passengers can take their bikes on board between 0500 - 0730 then from 0930 - 1600 and 1830 - 2300 Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday with the exception of 18 - 23 June due to the Highland Show at The Ingliston Showground.

Trial details:

  • Cycles will not be allowed on trams during pre-publicised special events.
  • On board staff retain the discretion to prevent cyclists from boarding with bikes if they deem a tram to be too busy.
  • Passengers must stay with their bikes throughout the journey, holding them in order to ensure they don’t move during transit.
  • Cyclists should position themselves at the centre section (marked on platform by a disabled logo tile) of the tram and take guidance from on-board staff.
  • Only two bikes will be allowed on each tram and in the specified locations on board during the trial.
  • Passengers with disabilities or those with prams or buggies are to take priority with regards to space.