The scheme provides ten electric bikes at Eastbourne railway station connecting the hilly route between the University of Brighton campus and for staff and students. An additional ten electric bikes are being offered on a 1 or 3 month loan basis on campus.
Associate Professor Anne Mandy, Associate Professor at the Centre for Health Research, University of Brighton said:
“The university’s Travel Plan shows that 43 per cent of staff and 21 per cent of students travel to university as single drivers in their cars. The strategy is to reduce single occupancy vehicle transport by 10 per cent for staff and seven per cent for students by 2016”.
At the launch MP Caroline Ansell said: “The power bikes could revolutionise cycling in Eastbourne. It’s good for the environment, good for finances, good for lifestyle – in every way, it’s a real winner”.
Bethan, Eastbourne said:
“I have really enjoyed being able to use the e-bike. It makes it much easier fitting in meetings around train times”
Eastbourne loanees commented how:
“Felt far more confident on road, then my normal bike, as I had more power.”
“I have enjoyed being able to use the e-bike. It makes it much easier fitting in meetings around train times (at a time of chaos and strike action due to Southern rail”
“I like the fact that on the e bike I do still have to put some effort in and therefore am getting some exercise, but I can cycle uphill to work and not arrive at work sweaty“