Port workers get on their e-bikes with county council scheme

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Workers at ABP’s Port of Ipswich are plugging in to an e-bike trial scheme with Suffolk County Council.

Port workers on e-bikes with new Way To Go schemeThe council’s Way To Go Suffolk team, which helps people to travel sustainably, has launched a scheme for businesses where employees are encouraged to ditch the car and try out an electric bike free of charge.

Employees can choose to trial commuting for a week at a time with some of the bikes, whilst others are used as pool bikes allowing staff to pop out at lunchtime for a break and some exercise.

The Port of Ipswich is the first organisation to get involved with the scheme, having taken delivery of eight e-bikes for a trial period of three months.

The bikes are supplied by e-bike rental provider Hurrecane.

They have a range of around 50 miles and, other than punctures, are covered with a call-out service for any breakdowns and repairs.

They are different to conventional bikes as they are powered by a battery to assist the rider, increasing the distance that someone can cycle.

The council is initially looking to work with organisations that have at least 50 employees and are based in a large town environment.

Councillor Alexander Nicoll, Suffolk County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport Strategy, said:

“Cycling is ideal for short journeys in an urban environment, where we need to reduce car use if we are to address congestion and air pollution.

“Excellent schemes such as this will help encourage people out of the car, freeing up road space for those who really need it and improving the environment for all of us.”

Paul Ager, Divisional Port Manager for East Anglia of ABP said:

“We are delighted to be the first organisation to partner with Suffolk County Council on this trial e-bike scheme.

“ABP is committed to reducing emissions, as well as supporting the health and wellbeing of all employees.

“With the use of the eight bikes, we have the opportunity to test alternative, greener ways of getting to work and staying healthy.”

For more details of the scheme email the Way To Go team at Suffolk County Council at thewaytogosuffolk@suffolk.gov.uk