We have operated a commuter bike share service in Cambridge since July 2018, providing e-bikes for longer routes from surrounding villages and pedal bikes for shorter routes. We have pick-up hubs at Park & Rides and at Cambridge North train station. We want to extend this service to cover all 7 Park & Rides and other transport hubs, adding an initial 100 e-bikes to our existing fleet of 40 bikes. Local authorities have indicated they will provide us facilities at the P&Rs to do this. This expansion of our service will provide a sustainable transport option to single-occupant car use, which is likely to increase dramatically following government recommendations to avoid public transport. By taking advantage of the good-weather months, a good quality bike share service can make a major impact in expanding the city's cycling culture and encouraging non-cyclists into an active travel mode. E-bikes enable regular cycling on longer routes, arriving at work in a non-sweaty state.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
1. Reinforcement of cycling as a transport mode at a crucial transition time when there is a danger of car use escalating in response to government calls not to use public transport. 2. Promoting cycling culture to non-cyclists at a time of increased consciousness of the health advantages and local authority willingness to facilitate pick-up points, pop-up cycle routes and increased safety measures for cycling. 3. Laying the foundations for a high-quality bike share service network to cover the entire Greater Cambridge area.
Steps to get it done:
The e-bikes will be sourced from a UK supplier and can be deployed immediately.
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