Leicestershire offers electric bikes to workplaces

Leicestershire County Council is launching a service which will see electric bikes offered for loan to workplaces across the county to further promote sustainable travel.

The loan scheme has begun successfully, with 10 bikes now being used by Next staff at their Enderby base. The new bikes, funded by the county council with assistance from the Department for Transport, are part of a wider initiative to promote sustainable methods of transport which can help to save money, reduce personal contributions to carbon emissions and help with physical and mental health.

Blake Pain, county council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Offering these bikes out on loan to businesses is a great way for commuters to try cycling to work and we hope, through this scheme, to have many more people across Leicestershire choosing to this option instead of driving. As a council, we declared a climate emergency in May and part of our huge commitment towards tackling climate change is to offer residents and businesses the tools to reduce their own carbon emissions. I would encourage businesses to take the opportunity to borrow our electric bikes free of charge as I think they will be surprised at the difference it can make to their work place's  attitude and culture.”