Funding provides extra individuals the prospect to strive ebikes
Printed on Monday, July 5, 2021
The town and county councils in Leicester and Leicestershire have linked up with the Division for Transport to supply residents the prospect to strive getting round on electrical bikes.
The county council is offering the chance for individuals to use for a voucher which supplies them £300 off the price of an electrical bike.
In the meantime, within the metropolis, the council is providing free and discounted entry to its new ebike share scheme, Santander Cycles Leicester, for key employees, younger jobseekers, current graduates and people with disabilities.
The Wheels to Work scheme ebike fleet – which loans bikes to commuters – can also be being expanded, and free cycle coaching is on provide, alongside ebike try-out occasions, over the summer season.
Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy metropolis mayor for atmosphere and transport, mentioned: “Our new ebike share scheme, Santander Cycles Leicester, has had a very profitable begin, with greater than 10,000 journeys made thus far. This extra funding from the Division for Transport will permit us to introduce much more individuals to the scheme.
“We’ll even be utilizing the cash to offer extra individuals with ebikes on mortgage in order that they will select lively journey for his or her commute, and we’ll be making biking extra inclusive via our free coaching and try-out occasions.
“It’s important that we discover revolutionary journey options to assist deal with the local weather emergency. We’re happy with the vary of wholesome, lively journey initiatives we now have in Leicester, backed up by more and more people-friendly streets to assist make biking a safer and extra engaging choice for everybody.”
Leicestershire residents can declare their voucher by signing as much as a coaching course run by the county council’s sustainable journey workforce. The county council is internet hosting drop-in occasions throughout the county the place yow will discover out extra about the advantages of electrical bikes and check out one for your self.
Councillor Ozzy O’Shea, county council cupboard member for highways and transport, mentioned: “Electrical bikes are incredible for individuals making longer journeys who is probably not used to biking, or want extra help once they cycle.
“You continue to need to pedal so it’s a incredible type of train. The extra individuals biking round our county and metropolis the higher, each particular person selecting to go away their automobile at house is a winner for the atmosphere.
“I encourage anybody who’s fascinated with entering into biking – or studying extra about electrical bikes – to enroll to a coaching course and communicate to our groups about the advantages of proudly owning an electrical bike.”
Metropolis residents can declare assist via the Youth Employment Hub on Gallowtree Gate, via the ‘Leicester Graduate Metropolis’ scheme and thru native employers who’re supporting Santander Cycles Leicester. These embody the NHS, Walkers Midshire Meals, De Montfort College and BID Leicester.
To seek out out extra about the advantages of electrical bikes and to enroll to the town or county schemes go to www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk/cycling/ebike and https://www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk/santander-cycles-leicester/
These initiatives have been made doable due to £250k of funding from the Division for Transport’s e-cycle extension fund.
Ebike share supplier Journey On can also be supporting the scheme with a £40k contribution for cycle coaching, guided rides and try-out occasions for individuals of all ages and talents, from all communities.
Biking minister Chris Heaton Harris MP mentioned: “As we construct again greener from the pandemic, this Authorities is dedicated to enabling as many individuals as doable to spice up their well being and health and assist scale back emissions by hopping on a motorcycle and taking on biking for shorter journeys.
“This announcement will assist make this occur, with a complete of £1.48 million going in direction of incredible initiatives in areas proper throughout the nation to advertise the usage of e-cycles. So whether or not you’re new to biking, or wish to strive a cycle that does among the legwork for you, these initiatives will assist extra individuals to have entry to lively types of journey.”