Edinburgh Trams Supports Pedal For Scotland

Posted on Thursday, 31st August 2017 at 13:46

Edinburgh Trams will be running special ‘bike only’ trams in support of Scotland’s largest annual cycling event, which returns on Sunday, September 10.

Anyone taking part in Pedal for Scotland who has pre-purchased a ‘Tram Transport’ wristband can take advantage of the additional, non-stop services between Haymarket and Ingliston Park & Ride before and after a packed programme of cycling challenges.

Now in its 19th year, the event includes the 45-mile ‘Classic Challenge’ from Glasgow to Edinburgh and the colossal 93-mile ‘Big Belter’ between the two cities. There are also a host of other rides and activities to suit all abilities, with the Royal Highland Centre at the heart of the action.

Organised by Cycling Scotland, the cycling celebration regularly attracts over 10,000 riders, and the tram offers many of them a great way to get to and from the Centre, just a short distance from the Ingliston Park & Ride stop (see map below).

Dean Anderson, Edinburgh Trams Customer Experience Manager, explained:

“From 4am to 6.30am we’ll be running extra trams exclusively for ‘Tram Transport’ wristband holders taking part in the event, with non-stop services approximately every half hour from Haymarket to Ingliston Park & Ride.

“A dedicated return service, from Ingliston Park & Ride to Haymarket will operate in the afternoon between 11am and 6pm, and participants will need to book their tram transport in advance through Pedal for Scotland’s website.

“Of course, our regular services will be running as usual, but only two bikes are allowed per tram on regular services and cyclists will need to buy a ticket before boarding.”

Anyone who just wants to cheer on friends or family as they pass the finish line can also get there by tram, with fast, frequent services to Ingliston Park & Ride from locations such as the city centre and Edinburgh Airport.

Keith Irving, Cycling Scotland said: 

“We’re pleased to have Edinburgh Trams on board for another year of Pedal for Scotland. By supporting participants and spectators to travel sustainably, this partnership helps minimise the environmental impact of the event while helping people to travel more actively.”

For more information visit www.pedlaforscotland.org