Operator highlights how one bike-friendly bus could take 76 cars off the road
Borders Buses, which operates in the Scottish Borders, Lothian, Berwick and Cumbria, has invested £750,000 in bike-friendly buses.
The Enviro400 double-deckers built by Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) can accommodate up to two bike bays with an additional two bays to be added to each vehicle by the end of May.
Lee Young, operations manager at Borders Buses, said: “We recognise the way we travel is changing and active travel is increasingly becoming a popular choice with people from all walks of life. As a key transport provider, we are committed to continuously tailoring our product offerings to meet those changes in travel demand.
“It’s important to highlight one bike friendly bus could potentially take up to 76 cars off the road. With congestion in our towns and cities an ongoing issue it makes sense for commuters to ditch the car in favour of bus and bike.
“Our new buses hit the road this week and we cannot wait for our customers, both old and new, to make full use of our bike facility.”
Scottish Borders Council’s Leader, Cllr Shona Haslam, said: “The Scottish Borders is the leading cycling destination in Scotland, from the forests which provides a world-class mountain biking offering to the various cycling routes which allows people to explore our fantastic area.
“Tweeddale in particular has an excellent offering for cyclists of all ages and abilities, including the recent extension of the Tweed Valley multi-use path and opening of the e-Bike Hub in Innerleithen.
“The provision of these brand-new bike friendly vehicles by Borders Buses on the main service through Tweeddale will be hugely welcomed by local people and visitors and we hope will see even more people travel here to experience the Scottish Borders.”
Councillor Gordon Edgar, Scottish Border Council’s Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, said: “The Council has worked with a variety of partners in recent years to encourage local people to jump on a bike and get active, as well as visitors to come to the Scottish Borders.
“This is another positive move by our partners Borders Buses which will not only benefit cyclists, but also bus passengers in general who will now have a series of modern facilities on offer on the X62 service.”
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