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New electric bike scheme launched for Rutland residents

Date Published: 12 June 2020
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Rutland County Council has launched a sustainable electric bike scheme and is encouraging residents to sign up. 

Through the scheme, people living in Rutland can hire the bikes for travel to work, school, training, or social activities they would otherwise be unable to attend.

The scheme provides an alternative to public transport, which government guidelines recommend should currently only be used for essential travel to limit the spread of COVID-19. It also supports the government’s cycling and walking investment strategy, which aims to make sustainable transport a natural choice for shorter journeys, and as part of longer journeys.

An electric bike, also known as an e-bike, is pedal-powered and has an integrated electric motor, which can be used to assist a rider.

“This brilliant initiative has been a year in the making and we’re really pleased to be able to launch it now, at a time when use of public transport has been severely disrupted by COVID-19. The scheme will give people a new way of getting about that is not only good exercise but sustainable too, ensuring the impact on our beautiful local environment is minimal. The e-bikes are available for hire now and we’ve already received applications. If you’re interested, we’d urge you to get in touch to find out more.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Cabinet Member for Transport 

Anyone who lives in Rutland can apply to use the scheme, which offers bikes for adults and young people over the age of 16. A short training session will be provided by a qualified instructor before the hire commences.

To apply or for more info, call us on: 01572 758138 or email: transport@rutland.gov.uk


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