The number of cycles in Glasgow's bike hire scheme is set to double from autumn this year.

The mass automated cycle hire (MACH) scheme has proven popular with commuters, students, businesses and visitors, totalling 270,897 rentals and 16,058 registrations since its introduction in 2014.

Last year saw the highest number of rentals in one day - 769 on June 1.

The figure surpassed the previous record of 702 on July 28 2014, during the Commonwealth Games when the scheme was first introduced to the city.

The scheme launched with 400 bikes available for hire at 31 stations across Glasgow.

Now with 435 bikes available at 43 stations, the scheme intends to more than double the bike count after expansion plans were approved by Glasgow City Council.

The current provider of the scheme, NextBike, operates 35,000 bikes in 80 city locations worldwide including Auckland, Baku, Dubai, Nurnberg and Zagreb. Glasgow's is the biggest bike scheme in Scotland and the fourth largest in the UK.

Council leader Frank McAveety said: "The MACH scheme has been a phenomenal success since it launched and the people of Glasgow and surrounding areas have really embraced it.

"It's clear there is a real appetite for the cycle hire scheme in Glasgow. We receive overwhelming feedback from users of the scheme and numerous requests for more stations.

"This is yet further progress, in addition to the millions of pounds we're investing on cycle routes and infrastructure across the city, in realising our ambition to make Glasgow one of the UK's most cycling friendly cities."