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New electric bikes launched across Lincoln

24 August 2017

New electric bikes are now available to the public as an extension of the city’s ‘hirebike Lincoln’ scheme.

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The new ‘e-bikes’, which were launched on Wednesday, are initially available from four docking stations across the city. People can take a ride out from The Lawn, St Marks Shopping Centre, Burton Waters and Skellingthorpe Community Centre.

The e-bikes are similar to pedal bikes but are power-assisted by an electric motor that can travel over 30 miles on a single charge requiring less effort than conventional cycling.

Lincoln’s e-bikes make it easier to travel faster for longer and a perfect choice for riders who need to travel quicker or further than usual, or to take some of the strain out of an uphill journey.

The hirebike e-bikes come complete with locks and lights, indicators on the handlebars and a ‘boost’ button for extra power, plus a handy phone App helps make it even easier to rent a bike or locate the nearest station.

The scheme is celebrating its fourth birthday this year and is supported by Lincolnshire County Council’s Access Lincoln programme, which promotes sustainable and active travel in and around the city.

Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport at Lincolnshire County Council, officially launched the new e-bikes at an event held at The Lawn on Aug 23. He explained:

“The introduction of the e-bikes is a valuable addition to the city, not only for Lincoln’s residents, but also for commuters, businesses and visitors who choose to travel by bike.

“Our Access Lincoln programme is dedicated to helping make cycling a natural choice for short journeys in the city, so extending the hirebike network will provide more people with more sustainable and active travel options.

“Other cities around the world have seen e-bikes help people tackle hills more easily, they give you greater range and are great fun too. e-bikes need less effort to pedal, enabling people to cycle further than when using a pedal bike.”

Cllr Davies continued: “As cycling has grown in popularity as a mode of transport and a fitness and leisure activity, we’ve seen demand for hirebike increase and more cycling brings benefits from reduced congestion, improved air quality and health. The e-bikes will be a welcome addition to many residents, commuters and visitors to the city.

“hirebike provides a convenient cycling option in the city, and we hope to see even more people engage with the scheme as has been seen in London and major cities around the UK.

“The development of the cycle network continues to be an important part of our work in helping people to travel sustainably. We are proud to be one of the first cities in the UK to launch e-bikes as part of a public bike sharing network.”

Later this year, all 20 e-bikes will be available when four more docking stations at Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln Railway Station, Bishop Grosseteste University and the Minerva Building at University of Lincoln join the network. This will increase the hirebike network to 27 stations across Lincoln with a choice of pedal and electric bikes to rent on-demand.

To celebrate the extension of the Lincoln hirebike network, new members who sign up for either an electric or pedal membership before 1st September, will receive £10 of free rental credit when they use promotional code ‘HIREBIKE£10’.

Members of the public can sign up by downloading the free ‘hirebike Lincoln’ App or at www.hirebikelincoln.co.uk where more information can be found, including how riders can use the electric bikes, memberships and rental options.

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