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Hirebikes go electric!

Access Lincoln’s popular hirebike service will soon be offering electric bikes – making a host of new journeys possible.

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Work will begin shortly to create two new uphill electric hirebike stations at Bishop Grosseteste University and Lincoln County Hospital. Meanwhile the following downhill stations will be upgraded to cater for electric bikes as well:

  • Skellingthorpe
  • Burton Waters Marina
  • St Marks
  • Lincoln train station

In addition, new pedal bike stations will be created at the following locations:

  • Newport
  • Bakewell Mews, Hykeham
  • St Catherine’s
  • The Brayford  (west end)
  • Broadgate/Rumbold Street

There are also plans for a virtual station in Castle Square, where people can drop off their hirebike.

It is hoped the new facilities will be ready in time for the summer visitor season.

Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, said:

“Since launching in August 2013, more than 12,000 trips have been made using our hirebikes – 35 per cent of which replaced a car journey.

“These new electric bikes and stations will open up a range of new journeys that would have been a challenge in the past.

“People will be able to use the electric bikes to get uphill, while they’ll also make it easier to travel into the city from further afield.

“Each of these journeys will potentially take a car off the roads - that means less congestion, which is good news for everyone.

“And at just £2 for a 30 minute journey, these electric bikes aren’t just good for your health and the environment – they’re good for your wallet too!”

People will be able to see an electric hirebike in action at the Love Your Bike event, which runs at The Showroom this Saturday from 12-3pm. (Please note the electric hirebike will only be there until 2pm).

The hirebike service is delivered by Hourbike on behalf of Access Lincoln, which is part-funded by the Department for Transport. For more news on the Access Lincoln project, visit www.accesslincoln.co.uk  .

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