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E-Bike & Trailer Rentals
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Green Hive are delighted to introduce our new e-bike and trailer, available to hire to anyone who becomes a member. The e-bike is pay as you go (membership is free, pay just for what you hire/use)
 

We actively encourage you to have a try out of the e-bike before you make a decision about hiring, however we are confident you will be delighted with the experience

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"Hiring the bike is a great way to experience the joy of an Ebike for yourself with no commitment or outlay - or indeed, need for storage and recharging facilities, as they do that all for you. And it's a total bargain - what's not to like?"

We love to hear your cycling stories - send in your photos and tales to get featured in our newsletter!

Frequently Asked Questions

Hover over the questions below for answers to our FAQs
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I would like to try using an e-bike, can I hire it?

Yes!
The e-bike and trailer are community resources owned by Green Hive for you to hire for personal use.

My business in Nairn is interested in e-bike deliveries, could our business hire it?

Yes! 
We are keen to support local businesses, organisations, public bodies and community groups with net zero ambitions and who want to trial green deliveries.

Do I have to hire the trailer as well the bike?

No.
You could just hire the e-bike or just hire the trailer or you could hire both together.

How much does it cost to hire?

As a charity we are keen to make our hire rates affordable and accessible.  Scroll down on this page for the latest hire rates.

Do I have to be a member of Green Hive to hire it?

Yes.
The e-bike and trailer are expensive pieces of kit and it is important we have your information. It is quick, easy and free to sign up to be a member of Green Hive or as an associate member for organisations
Sign up here

Can I try it before committing myself to hiring it?

Yes.
Please drop us an email at nre@greenhive.co.uk and arrange a time to come to our Community Workshop, where we will be pleased to give you a try.

Can you deliver it to my house or place of work?

No.
Sorry but you need to be able to collect it and return it to our Community Workshop Hub.

Can I hire it on weekends?

No.
Currently the equipment can only be hired and returned on the days our community hub is open.  Please check our website for our opening days and times.

Do I need to sign anything or be shown how to use the bike?

Yes.
We will ask you to fill in and sign an application form and then you will be given a safety introduction on how to use the bike and/or trailer

How do I charge the bike?

We will supply the bike with fully charged batteries.  If you are intending on going on long journeys or an extended hire of the bike (I.E overnight hire) then we will show you how to charge the batteries.

How long will the battery last on a charge? How far can I travel?

The battery will last for varying periods of time and distance depending on the setting you use.  However, it is unlikely to run out of charge for journeys in and around Nairn.  If you plan on going around wider Nairnshire please discuss this with us.

Do I need my own helmet and safety gear?

You may prefer to use your own helmet, please check this is suitable for e-bike usage.
We can supply a safety helmet and high vis vest and the bike itself has lights and other safety features

Do you supply a lock so I can lock it up in town/on my deliveries?

Yes.
We have invested in two heavy duty locks, one for the e-bike and one for the trailer.  Both of which stay with the equipment and we will show you how to use these so that they are always locked when not in use.

Am I covered by Green Hive Insurance whilst on the bike?

No.
Our insurance covers the storage of the bike.  You still need to ride safely and competently and we will give you a safety introduction for using the bike.

How much weight can the bike carry?  

The front rack can hold up to 20kg and you can carry up to 148kg across the 2 panniers. Guidance from the manufacturer states not to exceed a total weight of 200kg  of load+bike+rider’s weight. Our Tern GSD S10 bike weighs 33.58kg

How much weight can the trailer carry?

The trailer can be used as a tow behind the bike or on it’s own.  It can carry 150KG of weight and we will give you a safety  introduction to its use.  We also supply chords and clamps for securing your load. Your items on the trailer will get wet if not stored in a water tight container.

What is the make and model of the bike and trailer if I wanted to buy one?

The e-bike is a Tern GSD S10 and the trailer is a Carla Cargo trailer

How did Green Hive afford to buy the bike and trailer?

Green Hive is particularly pleased to be able to buy and share these resources with the Nairn Community thanks to generous charitable grants from The Davidson (Nairn) Charitable Trust, Highland Council and the Rank Foundation respectively.

How can I contact you if I still have a question?

Use our web contact form

Drop us an email

Give us a ring or a text

By appointment only - please visit us at Unit 9A2 Balmakeith Industrial Estate, Nairn, IV12 5QW.

FAQs

Hire Rates for our e-bike and trailer

Here are our rental rates for our e-bike and cargo trailer
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Hire our e-bikes

Here are the rates for hiring one of our e-bikes

1 hour

£2

2 hours

£4

3 hours

£6

6 hours

£10

12 hours

£15

24 hours

£20

1 week

£100

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Hire our cargo trailer

Here are the rates for hiring our cargo trailer

1 hour

£1

2 hours

£2

3 hours

£3

6 hours

£5

12 hours

£7.50

24 hours

£10

1 week

£50

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Hire our e-bike and cargo trailer

Here are the rates for hiring our e-cargo bike and cargo trailer

1 hour

£3

2 hours

£6

3 hours

£9

6 hours

£15

12 hours

£22.50

24 hours

£30

1 week

£150

Interested in maintaining our bikes and managing bookings? Volunteer with us!
Hire rates
Get into Cycling

Get into Cycling!

Run through Cycling Scotland's quick guide to Essential Cycling skills

Check out Cycling Scotland for loads of useful tips and tricks on bikeability

Cycling Scotland homepage

Stick to the code!

Remember the rules of the Highway code and the Statutory Access Rights for cycling or wheeling on private land

Need some inspiration?
Watch our cycling tour of Nairn here!

Watch our how-to videos for quick and simple guidance on using our e-bike and trailer

Unlocking the Green Hive e-bike

Locking the cargo trailer

Locking the Green Hive e-bike

Connecting the bike and trailer

Unlocking the cargo trailer

Preparing to use the e-bike

Using the cargo trailer without the e-cargo bike

Find out how you can get help to purchase your own e-bike and learn how to save money and lower your carbon footprint

Show us your snaps!

Submit your photos of your cycling journeys to us to get featured in our gallery and newsletter!

Book your space now!

Green Hive operate with a part-time staff team and we do our best to accommodate your bookings

If you have not received a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking, please contact our team members directly below to confirm your booking;
Fiona - Operations Officer, Seamans Hall, available Mon-Fri (10am -2pm)
email: fiona@greenhive.co.uk
tel: 07426423671

Caroline - Volunteer and Events Officer, available Tues-Fri (10am-2pm)
email: caroline@greenhive.co.uk
tel: 07865601842

E-bike request form

Thanks for your request!

Book your space now!

Rental Agreement Terms and Conditions

Below you will find the terms and conditions to our e-bike and/or cargo trailer rentals - if you would like these in a different format, or printed please do get in touch.

  1. You are 16 years old or above and are a Green Hive member or your business is associate member.
     

  2. You have completed an application form and have provided, or will provide us with two forms of identification.
     

  3. You have completed, or are scheduled to complete a safety introduction from a member of the Green Hive team and have signed a rental agreement outlining the terms of use such as using our secure locks, not adjusting the handlebars nor carrying out any maintenance, nor attempting any alterations of the equipment.
     

  4. You have told us what you intend to use the bicycle and/or trailer for during the hire - just so we can advise on keeping it clean and keeping you safe.  You will not use a Green Hive bicycle and/or trailer for racing, mountain bike riding, stunt or trick riding or for any purpose other than cycling to and from a destination or in specific business activities agreed with Green Hive in your rental agreement.
     

  5. You are responsible for the security of the bicycle and/or trailer rented to you. You will take care of the bicycle and/or trailer that you are provided with, securing it to a fixed object whenever it is left unattended using the locks provided. Even when locked it is the hirer's responsibility to protect the welfare of the bike and not leave unattended for extended periods of time. The use of the bicycle on sandy beaches is not permitted.
     

  6. You will not operate the bicycle and/or trailer or permit the bicycle and/or trailer to be operated whilst unfit through drink or drugs or with blood alcohol concentration above the limit prescribed for the time being by road traffic legislation.
     

  7. You agree to pay on demand all fines and court costs including administrative fees for violations of law and all other legal violations assessed against the bicycle and/or trailer and hirer during the rental agreement.
     

  8. Anything carried in the panniers or on the trailer is under our guidance weight limits and is securely stored before moving off.
     

  9. You will wear a cycling helmet and observe good riding behaviour following the Highway code, giving way to pedestrians if and when on shared use paths. If you are cycling at night or in low light, you will wear suitable hi-vis clothing when cycling.
     

  10. You will read and follow the advice outlined in the Cycling Scotland Bikeability guide emailed to you, also available here https://www.cycling.scot/mediaLibrary/other/english/7576.pdf
     

  11. The hire is for your sole use and you will not share the bicycle and/or trailer or allow others to use it whilst on hire to you.
     

  12. You will maintain the bicycle and/or trailer that you are provided in a safe and roadworthy condition for the period of the rental. If a fault develops and/or you are unable to keep the bicycle and/or trailer in a safe and roadworthy condition, you will contact Green Hive to make repairs or return the bicycle to Green Hive.
     

  13. You will return the bicycle and/or trailer in a clean, safe and road-worthy condition along with all the accessories such as panniers/lights etc at the end of your rental agreement.  Green Hive is a charity which has to pay to keep this equipment well maintained and in good working order, please treat the equipment as if it were your brand new bike.  Should you inadvertently damage the bike or trailer then we will fix this at no cost to you.  If the repairs were more than £250 then we would ask you to contribute to the repairs.
     

  14. Should you be involved in an accident whilst hiring our bicycle and/or trailer, you will get off the road and to a safe place if able to do so then call the police on 101 and an ambulance if necessary. If another vehicle is involved then you will exchange details, get witnesses’ details and take photos and notes if possible. You will then contact your line manager if the bicycle and/or trailer is being used as part of a work trial. If you are unable to ride the bicycle or the bicycle and/or trailer is unroadworthy then you will lock it securely and call Green Hive staff and let them know where it is for uplift.
     

  15. You will let Green Hive know if for any reason the bicycle and/or trailer is not being used and arrange for it to be returned to Green Hive. If the bicycle and/or trailer is lost or stolen you will report this to the police and to Green Hive as soon as possible.
     

  16. Green Hive does not insure the user of any rental bicycle and/or trailer provided. Green Hive is not responsible for any injury or any loss or damage to any property or to any person resulting from your use of a Green Hive rental bicycle and/or trailer. You take full responsibility for any such injury, loss or damage to any property or to any person which occurs.
     

  17. I understand and agree that prior to my bicycle rental, the bicycle and/or trailer will be in full working order and will have had all maintenance checks required.
     

  18. You declare that you are in good health, that your eyesight is up to a good standard, and that you are not suffering from any injury, medical condition or disability which is likely to adversely affect the normal control of the bicycle and/or trailer or your ability to participate.
     

  19. This is a new project for Green Hive as charity and we ask you to help us learn as we develop and expand this service.  We will ask you to complete surveys and provide feedback and we reserve the right to add to and amend these terms and conditions.

Hire agreement t&cs
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