Students and apprentices donated new e-bikes to help get around Malvern
A NEW fleet of e-bikes has launched in Malvern.
The e-bikes are part of a scheme to help solve the district’s transport problems and have been launched jointly by Malvern Hills District Council and the Malvern Hills Car Club.
To join the scheme, which has been funded with £22,800 from the MHDC, participants must be aged 16 or over, live or work/train in the Malvern Hills district and have a firm offer of a place of work , a training program or a university course.
It is also available for young people already at work or at university who are at risk of losing a job or placement due to transport difficulties.
Robin Coates, co-founder of Malvern Hills Community Car Club, said: “We’ve been helping residents of the Malvern area since 2009 see how wonderful e-bikes are for making everyday commuting easy, enjoyable and healthy.
“We did this by providing good e-bikes for short-term loans.
“With this grant, we can now start helping people use e-bikes to get to work and they can rent an e-bike for longer periods.
“We believe this will be particularly useful for young people who are starting work or continuing their education.
“There are so many who live in rural areas where there is no transport when they need it or who live in cities but want to work in rural areas.”
Transport options are often more limited for people living in rural areas of the district as bus services are not always available and not everyone can afford to own and use a car.
There are currently a limited number of e-bikes available and the priority is to help apprentices overcome any transport obstacles they may encounter. There is a small loan charge of £15 per week.
Cllr Daniel Walton, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “E-bikes have many well-known benefits, from the environment to health, but for us this is a great opportunity to work with. Malvern Hills Car Clubs and to provide an affordable transport solution to help people get to work and training.”