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Nextbike stations slowly creep into the east end

As someone who walks from the east end into Glasgow city centre, and wanders around the west end, until recently I always thought Nextbike failed miserably.

Once in the city, or in the west end, I could (if I wanted to) have got onto a Nextbike offering.

But, had I wanted to use that facility to get from home, or even anywhere near home by Nextbike, I’d have walked so far to reach the nearest station it wouldn’t have been worth it.

While it still wasn’t much use to me, still too far away from home, I was pleased to see the system eventually made it as far as Dennistoun, and the end of (populated) Duke Street (at the corner of the former meat market.

It even made an appearance of sorts at the other end of (populated) Duke Street (along from Bellgrove), although that is just a Nextbike dumped on the new bike racks there, rather than an actual Nextbike station.

Duke Street Bike Racks

Duke Street Bike Racks

However, the latest news brings things a little closer, with a new Nextbike station planned for The Forge – so that’s only an hour I’d have to walk for before I could jump on a Nextbike. Or get the bus. And can wait until September.

New Nextbike stations for 2019 are:

Possil Health Centre (Saracen Street)

Maryhill Tesco (Maryhill Road)

Queen Margaret Drive/Maryhill Road

Hyndland Railway Station

Maxwell Park Railway Station

Glasgow Forge (Gallowgate)

Expected installation of the new sites is September.

This came with news of their e-bike arrival.

But that’s not coming as close as their ordinary bikes, so won’t even be as close as them for another year or two.

A fleet of 63 e-bikes will be stationed at the following 21 locations:

Cessnock Subway Station

Queen’s Park Railway Station

Langside Halls

Shawlands

Battlefield

Woodside (North)

Possil Health Centre

Firhill Road

Botanic Gardens

University of Glasgow (East)

Maryhill Tesco

Hyndland Railway Station

Bellgrove Railway Station (North)

Dalmarnock Railway Station

Alexandra Parade West

George Square

St Enoch Square

Merchant Square, pictured

Glasgow Green (Saltmarket/Clyde Place)

Sauchiehall Street

Broomielaw

LOCATIONS Revealed For Glasgow’s E-Bike Fleet Plus New Cycle Hire Stations

So, any Nextbike seen around my area is STILL going to be an abandoned one, not at an actual station.

I can’t help but feel that the upmarket west end is getting preferential treatment, while the peasants of the east end, who presumably need bikes as they live in poverty and can’t afford cars, are left wanting.

I see a lot of tourists seem to like jumping on these hire bikes, something else there wouldn’t be much of in the east end (to generate revenue).

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01/05/2019 - Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | ,

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