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Bikes for All

Bike share equity programmes aim to increase the accessibility of bikes to all people breaking down barriers such as ability or income through shared bikes. The bike share sector is developing initiatives and incentives to encourage new ridership. There are a range of examples emerging where operators are working with job centres and community groups to offer affordable memberships with cash based payments and out-reach work to encourage under-represented groups to access the bikes. The introduction of electric bikes is helping a wider range of people access the convenience of bike share. The Bikes for All project is part financed by the European Social Fund and Scottish Government through the Social Innovation Fund.

 

Bikes for All Glasgow

The launch of UK’s first social equity bike share project in Glasgow has encouraged families and residents in Glasgow to get in the saddle as Bikeplus, Bike for Good, Glasgow Centre for Population Health and nextbike teamed up to provide a programme of confidence boosting two-wheeled activities. The project is expanding from its roots in Govanhill to work with community organisatons city-wide.   Group rides, city navigation, road skills sessions and family rides are some of the events connecting the community with the benefits of cycling.   The Bikes for All partnership offers the price of nextbike annual membership reduced from £60 to just £3, encouraging those without access to their own bike, or in need of confidence building, to rediscover the thrill of two wheels.   The Bikes for All project is part financed by the European Social Fund and Scottish Government through the Social Innovation Fund.  
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GO e-Bike – South East Scotland’s regional e-bike share scheme

Go E-bike is a regional e-bike sharing scheme developed in partnership between the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership and CoMoUK. GO e-Bike University of St. Andrews GO e-Bike Employer E-bike Pool Roadshow GO e-Bike West Lothian Bike Library GO e-Bike CLEAR Buckhaven GO e-Bike Forth Valley
          GO e-Bike is a regional bike share scheme offering electrically assisted bicycles in a range of different contexts. The project is testing e-bikes to assess where they can achieve the following objectives: • Reducing congestion • Improving public health • Improving accessibility to employment, health and leisure facilities • Raise profile of active travel as viable component of integrated transport strategies • Inciting behavioral change • Improving social inclusion
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Shared Electric Bike programme

The Shared Electric Bike Programme installed electric bikes in eleven projects across England and studied how these bikes were used. Our findings highlighted the opportunity to widen the appeal of cycling to those who don’t wish to or cannot ride a standard bike.

The data from 2,286 participants who made 11,702 journeys cycled over 27,000 miles showing that electric bikes can enable healthy, flexible, low cost travel for all abilities, in hilly areas and for longer distances without the need for too much exertion or ‘cycling clothes’.

   

Download the Shared Electric Bike Programme Final Report

Shared Electric Bike Programme Final Report

 

Download the Shared Electric Bike Programme Report Executive Summary

Shared Electric Bike Programme Report executive summary

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E-bike training guidance – Bikeability

  The Association of Bikeability Schemes (TABS) has issued top tips and detailed guidance for riding electric bikes.   This has been produced as part of the Department for Transport funded and Bike Share managed Shared Electric Bike Programme the Shared Electric Bike Programme    
 

download the detailed e-bike guidance for public

Download the E-bike tips

download the detailed e-bike guidance for trainers    
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Hebden Bridge We:Cycle

13 electric bikes for residents, local businesses and tourists have been used for 103 journeys cycling 350 miles (April 2016 – January 2017) in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding hill top villages. The scheme is operated by the Alternative Technology Centre.
 

Member experience feedback on electric bikes

One members recounted how – “Had an amazing cycle with Lizzie this fine evening on the electric bikes. Particularly satisfying whizzing past a load of lycra”. From a new member – “It’s wonderful – reminds me of riding a bike for the first time”.   Murray from Hebden Bridge: “The first thing to say – as someone who does not cycle regularly – is the real difference that an e-bike makes in our area. Hebden Bridge is right in the middle of the Pennines, and, apart from one canal towpath route, almost anywhere you want to go to round here means going up a steep hill. But that’s where the bike is such a game-changer. And I’m 61 and not a shred of Lycra to my name”.   See the We:Cycle website for more information. We:Cycle website  
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Outspoken Delivery, Cambridge & Norwich

Outspoken Delivery currently has 21 cargo bikes and trikes in their fleet at their Cambridge and Norwich depots, 13 of which currently have electric assist. The company is making 7 available for the Bikeplus shared electric cargo bike scheme, 4 of which can be hired any time by local businesses for their own deliveries and for members of the public, with the remaining three being available when Outspoken Delivery are not employing them as couriers (e.g. late afternoons, evenings and weekends). Outspoken Delivery complement big logistics giants and work as subcontractor for Royal Mail, Parcel Force, TNT and Hermes in dense urban areas.
  The Shared Electric Programme funded project is delivering wider policy benefits:   • Reducing carbon emissions and low emissions cycles for logistics sector;   • In 2014, the company’s delivery riders cycled over 100,000 miles saving 45 tonnes of carbon dioxide. In 2015 this increased to over 126,000 miles saving over 56 tonnes of CO2. These facts emphasise the environmental benefits of using cargo bikes.   • Improved offer for employees;   • Rob King, Director stated “Anecdotally we are seeing improved utilisation of our delivery riders as they are they are able to work longer. Our riders can easily be riding 40/50 miles per day with heavy loads which is not sustainable 6 days per week without electric assist. As part of the project we are being provided with trackers so we will soon be able to quantify the efficiency gains as we will be tracking both our manual and electric assist cargo bikes.”   • Tom, a cycle courier, said “What is really excellent about the electric assist is the ability to pull away from traffic lights and tackle inclines when you are hauling cargo weighing over 200kg.”   Introducing the public to shared cargo bikes.   • After training Outspoken is offering e-cargo bikes to move groceries.   • Bikes can be equiped with children carrying equipment to allow parents to experience the advantages of cargo bikes.   • The scheme is offering a try-before-you-buy offer for those interested in purchasing an electric cargo bike   see the Shared Electric Programme    
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Isle of Wight Red Squirrel Bikes

The Isle of Wight has 20 Red Squirrel Electric bikes for hire on the island’s extensive paved off road paths and stunning coastal roads. The Peugeot electric bikes are evidently visible outside staffed hubs in Newport, Ryde and directly located opposite the Red Jet Terminal in Cowes.
  The GPS has been a useful tool to explain to tourist attraction managers the power of the cycling pound, by looking at the frequency of visits and monitoring time spent. The bikes are being used for relatively long leisure trips to The Needles.   Visit Isle of Wight are engaged in a strong marketing campaign working with ferry operators. There are banners at the ferry terminals. Advertising responsibility is being incorporated in to contracts with the operators, they are working on offering a combined ferry/ebike ticket. Launching with Red Funnel and Wight Link, there will be a London Underground escalator screen campaign.   Visit Isle of Wight have distributed ‘do not disturb’ door signs to all accommodation providers on the island, with the message of ‘do not disturb I am recovering from a Red Squirrel ride’.  
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New Forest PEDALL

New Forest National Park Authority and PEDALL scheme exploring the potential take up of cycling for a wider group of less able people and an all ability cycle training programme with three adapted electric bikes, these are particularly helpful on the off road gravel paths. The guided sessions offered are well-suited for people with a physical or intellectual disability, a visible or unseen condition or health diagnosis who benefit from the mental and physical wellbeing that cycling provides. The sessions take place Blackwater, Beaulieu Heath and Standing Hat using the off-road cycle network, the electric assist is particularly helpful for the needs of participants on gravel tracks. See the PEDALL website for more details. visit the website

Amy Galpin attended multiple PEDALL sessions making use of the electric assist on the adapted bikes. Amy likes to learn new skills and is a very positive and enthusiastic person who lives life to the full. When Amy first came along to PEDALL sessions she liked to be chauffeured around in the wheelchair bike, taking in the sights and sounds of the New Forest National Park. Over time Amy started to try different bikes, favouring one of the adult sized pedal karts which has four wheels so is nice and stable Amy started to pedal herself. Amy needs continual support, care and guidance to help her along the way, she sometimes gets tired and distracted, but don’t we all!  Using the side by side bike with electrical assist a carer sits next her controlling the steering and braking.  Amy helps pedal, taking exercise, improving her fitness and increasing circulation. Using a bike with electric assist means that Amy can cycle further and for longer, exploring more of the New Forest National Park and areas that she’d never be able to get to otherwise. Amy now regularly rides five miles, loves to see the ponies and enjoys meeting other cyclists that come along.
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Compass Bikes

Sustainable Ventures offer 18 Raleigh Captus electric bikes in two different contexts. The first project provides the bikes in housing developments in low income communities in the east of England and the second  project is managed by the Hook Norton Low Carbon Group in Oxfordshire.
  Electric bikes provided in housing developments are aimed at combating transport poverty in these areas. Orwell Housing association in Ipswich, Lowestoft and Felixstowe offer their staff and residents free usage of the electric bikes for journeys including care workers attending appointments.   Residents at Hundred Housing in Chesterton, Cambridge also have access to electric bikes for personal travel.   Hook Norton Low Carbon Group offer their members free usage of electric bikes to explore the Oxfordshire countryside, nearby villages and towns of Chipping Norton and Banbury.  
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Plymouth Bike Hire

20 electric bikes complement an existing hire fleet of over 60 bikes aimed at leisure rides starting from Coypool Park & Ride in Plymouth. Since the launch in Easter 2016, the 20 electric bikes have been hired 79 times cycling 677 miles.
  The site is well located to ‘cycle the city, coast and moor’,  with popular routes leading on to off-road trails in to Dartmoor National park, along Drake’s Trail along the beautiful Plym Valley or heading to Plymouth’s waterfront by Saltram House. Aiming to inspire and serve those who might not think cycling is for them, Plymouth Bike Hire offers a try-before-you-buy deal for Raleigh, Juicy and Kudos electric bikes, the cost of hire is deducted from the purchase price. Plymouth Bike Hire have teamed up with Donkey Republic to offer bike share on your smart phone. Bikes are available in the City Centre from the Greedy Pig Restaurant, find out more on Donkey Republic or download the app for iOS or Android. visit Donkey Republic  download on IOS download on Android   See the Plymouth Bike Hire website for more details. visit the website   3 wheeled adult trikes and tandems are also available, the Bike Bus doubles as a cafe serving refreshments.  
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Bristol Co-wheels

24 electric bikes are being managed by Co-wheels across Bristol. The Programme adds 12 bikes; • 6 at University of West of England Frenchay campus • 4 at Bristol City Council • 2 at Avon Fire & Rescue 82 employees have used the bikes for a total of 917 journeys cycling over 2,300 miles. The car club already offers 12 electric bikes to public and private sector employers in the city.
  Teresa, a community nurse recently returned to Nursing from a career break and her role includes travelling around the city to visit patients who are house bound and otherwise unable to access normal NHS services. She has been riding an e-bike since April. After her bicycle was stolen from her GP practice, her employer arranged for her to have access to an e-bike so that she could continue her job. She uses the e-bike to attend her patient visits.   She said: “I love the freedom of riding my bike around the city, there are no congestion issues and I always have somewhere to park my bike.  Even though the bike is electric and gives you that extra boost, I like to put it in the top gears when riding so that I still get a good amount of exercise every day”.   See the Co-Wheels website for more details. visit the website  
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Rotherham Journey Matters

Expansion of 70 electric bikes to the Journey Matters bike scheme offering bikes to employees and the public via a popular mobile hub, aiming to attract commuters who previously do not cycle with short loans.
  The scheme is running a try-before-you-buy taster to encourage long term electric bike, 29% intended to purchase an electric bike after the loan, in total there have been 401 bike loans, making 9008 journeys. Electric Bikes are typically loaned to participants for 4 weeks. Including pedal bike loans a total of employees at a number of high profile businesses have benefited from the try-before-you-buy scheme in Rotherham:   • Capita – 142 loans • Royal Mail • Next – 44 loans • Rotherham Borough Council – 139 loans • Webhelp UK – 7 loans • AES Seal – 14 loans • NHS – 35 loans • South Yorkshire Police – 11 loans • Thetfords – 9 loans  
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Eastbourne Campus, University of Brighton

The scheme provides ten electric bikes at Eastbourne railway station connecting the hilly route between the University of Brighton campus and for staff and students. An additional ten electric bikes are being offered on a 1 or 3 month loan basis on campus.
  Associate Professor Anne Mandy, Associate Professor at the Centre for Health Research, University of Brighton said:   “The university’s Travel Plan shows that 43 per cent of staff and 21 per cent of students travel to university as single drivers in their cars. The strategy is to reduce single occupancy vehicle transport by 10 per cent for staff and seven per cent for students by 2016”.   At the launch MP Caroline Ansell said: “The power bikes could revolutionise cycling in Eastbourne. It’s good for the environment, good for finances, good for lifestyle – in every way, it’s a real winner”.    
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Co-bikes, Exeter

The UK’s first exclusively electric on-street bike share, bikes and cars are available on the same app and smart card booking platform. Members can pick up Co-bikes and Co-cars in Exeter and the Exe Estuary; at railway stations, business parks and Devon County Council, alternatively casual users can unlock a bike from the Nextbike touch-and-pay terminals.
The Co-bikes can be picked up and dropped off at the following docks: • Exeter central railway station • Digby & Sowton railway station • University of Exeter   Future docks are planned to open at: • Exeter St. Davids railway station • Topsham Road • Civic Centre • Exeter Science Park • Devon County Hall • Honiton Park & Ride • Dawlish Warren tourism information centre
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OXONBIKE, Oxford

OXONBIKE is a mixed fleet of 80 bikes, 22 of which are electric bikes at 14 docking stations across Oxford. The scheme connects major employment centres including the Hospitals and Universities in Headington with the city centre and Park & Ride sites, enabling business and commuter trips to be conveniently made by bike. A further 8 ebikes are being added at Oxford railway station. The scheme expansion is funded by the Shared Electric Bike Programme, with match funding from the University of Oxford. It aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality through active travel.
Adam Bows, Sustainable Transport Manager at the University of Oxford said: “The addition of e-bikes to the OXONBIKE fleet will take the pain out of cycling up Headington Hill and enable more University staff to travel quickly and sustainably between the Science Area, the OUH hospital sites in Oxford and Old Road Campus”.   Case study Anar, University of Oxford Researcher: “For me there are two main benefits, one is that the docking station is near my daughter’s nursery, so I could take her by foot (I am afraid to take her by bike) and then just go and rent the Oxonbikes, without any further delays.The second benefit is that I work in the science area of the university and therefore have to climb the Headington hill every day when I go back home. With the e-bikes it is a piece of cake and takes less than 15 mins”   Levan, a medical student, currently living in the Jericho area of Oxford, explains how the electric bikes have transformed his daily commute to and from John Radcliffe Hospital: ‘I use both the OXONBIKE pedal and electric bikes because I have total flexibility. The price is comparable to the bus, but this is much more flexible and faster. Plus it’s good for my health and the environment. I have used many bike schemes in Europe but this one has by far been my best experience.'         See the OXONBIKE website for more details. visit the website See the video on how to use OXONBIKE shared electric bikes. watch the video
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