Thursday, 3 October 2013

It's Electrifying - Employers Offered Free Bike Loans

Commuters at Lancaster Way Business Park in Ely will be the first to try out the Travel for Work Partnership’s Electric Bikes free loan scheme.

The scheme encourages staff to try out electric bikes and to consider travel by bicycle for commuting and business trips.

Lancaster Way staff are able to try an efficient, different and fun commute using two hybrid Bosch pedal assist bicycles provided Cambridgeshire Travel for Work (TfW) Partnership in collaboration with The Electric Transport Shop.

The new scheme will be officially launched by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cycle Champion, Noel Kavanagh at the event at Grovemere Property Office,Lancaster Way Business Park on Tuesday, 8 October.

Councillor Noel Kavanagh said: “Cambridgeshire County Council and the Travel for Work Partnership are pleased to launch the electric bicycles loan scheme to Lancaster Way Business Park, as an attractive and fun alternative means of transport for commuting and business trips. This scheme will hopefully encourage employers to purchase their own electric pool bikes with the help of TfW grant funding available.”

Cyclist Mike Hendry of PlanSurv was one of the first to try a bike. He said: “I borrowed a bike to travel into town at lunchtime rather than using my car and was amazed at how easy it was to use. I would definitely use it again."

Harvey Bibby, Marketing Director at Grovemere Property, which owns the Business Park said: “Grovemere is happy to support this scheme and will encourage all our tenants on Lancaster Way to use a more sustainable means of transport to get around the business park and the surrounding area.

Jamie McAlley, Director of The Electric Transport Shop, who will be managing the contracted service said: “These Bosch powered ebikes are proving to be a revelation to those who have already tried them at Lancaster Way. We very much look forward to contributing our services to local Cambridgeshire employers and supporting the TfW initiative."

The project follows on the success of the electric pool bikes made available to employees in the Travel Plan Plus area, Travel for Work’s sister project in the Cambridge Science Park The TP+ electric bikes have been popular with employees who make short business trips and find it more convenient to park. Also employees are using the bikes to try-out a cycle commute and often decide to buy an ordinary bike or electric bike as a result.

TfW assists employers to promote and deliver sustainable and healthy employee travel to and for work. This helps reduce congestion, boost the local economy and improve health.

Employers will need to register their interest early as there is limited availability and bookings will be made on a first come first served basis. To find out more contact TfW 01223 715550.

The electric bike loan project is being financed through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund. The award is being used for a programme of measures aimed at ‘Getting Cambridgeshire to work’ and should improve the County’s potential for growing and attracting business, ensuring that Cambridgeshire leads the way back to economic growth. Better transport links can also help people to access important services or leisure facilities.