The Big Issue e-bikes removed from areas south of Bristol
The Big Issue’s new e-bikes will no longer be available for hire in large areas of South Bristol. The company rolled out its new rental bikes earlier this month across the city, but has now reduced program limits in all out-of-town areas, which they say is due to lack of vehicles. to answer the question.
Although you can ride bikes wherever you want, you can only pick them up and park them in certain areas of Bristol, whereas previously you could ride them anywhere in the city. A map on their app showing where bikes can be picked up has now cut out areas like Knowle and Hengrove.
A Big Issue eBikes spokesperson said they have tried to concentrate vehicles in areas where demand is highest. There have also been several cases of intentionally damaged bikes, and the company says it finds cases of vandalism most of the time.
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While most bikes can be repaired and put back on the street, it still takes time to fix them, and the Big Issue asked people not to vandalize them. Their e-bike program recruits and retrains unemployed and vulnerable people in local communities and gives them access to support and services to improve their lives, and the company says that when vehicles are vandalized “it means someone less per month than we can Support”.
In 2017, YoBike’s vehicle rental program was pulled from South Bristol due to “high levels of criminal damage and theft” in the area. A spokesperson for BigIssue eBikes said: “As this is a new program, we are still adjusting the placement of e-bikes to ensure we have them in parts of town where we are seeing the levels of highest demand.
We launched with a relatively small fleet, so we want to make sure they’re not too spread out. This means that we have reduced the limits of park zones in all outlying areas of the city. “In the three weeks since the introduction of e-bikes in Bristol, we have been delighted with their uptake and the positive feedback we have received from Bristolians.
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However, we are disappointed with the level of vandalism we have seen. We are trying to implement our ‘cycling for good’ model in Bristol – providing sustainable and affordable transport while creating employment and training opportunities for vulnerable and long-term people. For every e-bike we have to take off the streets and replace, that means one less person per month we can support.
“We know that the majority of people care for our bikes and enjoy using them, so in order for us to be able to help as many people as possible, we ask everyone to keep an eye out and report any damaged bikes to us as as soon as you can. You can report through our app or by emailing [email protected] or calling us on 0117 971 7695.
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