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21 Feb 2023

A new YouGov survey has found that 60% of drivers remain unfamiliar with last year’s Highway Code updates, which were intended to improve the safety of vulnerable road users in the UK.

21 Feb 2023

The European Parliament has tasked the European Commission with doubling the number of kilometres cycled in Europe by 2030. The call marks a recognition of cycling as a fully-fledged mode of...

15 Feb 2023

ACT will be joined by key service partners as leading trade show iceBike* returns as an in-person event for the first time since 2020 next month, with events in the North at the Manchester...

13 Feb 2023

New data from insolvency specialists Real Business Rescue, which analysed current commercial retail listings to find the most and least expensive areas in the UK for business owners to open...

13 Feb 2023

The Policing Minister Chris Philp has said that tackling retail crime is a priority.

7 Feb 2023

ACT Gold Member Bike.Rent Manager has launched a new platform to connect consumers with rental shops worldwide, Bike.Rent.

6 Feb 2023

Schools, high streets and main roads will benefit from improved crossings and junctions to support walking and cycling, reduce emissions and boost local economies, thanks to a £200 million...

6 Feb 2023

The European Parliament is pushing the European Commission and Member States to support the production of ‘Made in Europe’ bicycles and components.

6 Feb 2023

Predictions of a slowdown in demand for bikes may contribute to an industry-wide decrease in prices, with the Bicycle Association reporting UK bike sales down by a quarter against Covid levels.

2 Feb 2023

Taking place from 21st-23rd April 2023 at the iconic Alexandra Palace venue in North London, The Cycle Show brings together a variety of exhibitors from the cycle and e-mobility sectors, aimed...

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Leicester becomes latest to offer a free e-bikes scheme funded by Department of Transport

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

Leicester has become the latest city to offer a free e-bikes scheme to encourage people to leave their cars at home and pedal around the city. The scheme, which is funded by the Department for Transport, means people will be able to loan an e-cycle for an entire month.

People can also attend sessions to learn riding skills and to boost their confidence on the road in the coming months. Cycling UK said 59% of journeys under five miles are driven and says the scheme will show people how cost-effective cycling is.

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According to a 2019 survey, 18,000 daily trips were taken by cycle in Leicester. Councillor Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor said:

"Making cycling as easy and safe as possible is key in changing the way people choose to travel and helping to tackle the climate emergency. Convenience is key – which is why we also invest in initiatives like our city centre bike park, which offers free secure cycle parking.

"We’re also seeing up to 400 trips per day on Santander Cycles Leicester, the city’s e-bike share scheme and the largest scheme of its kind in the UK. Making cycling easier will be a great scheme to complement this, giving people the chance to take out an extended e-bike loan and try before they buy."

Cycling UK said that by giving people the opportunity to discover the cost, health and environmental benefits of e-cycling, it will help cut down on unnecessary short car journeys. According to research by DfT, the average UK driver now spends £107 on petrol and £149 on diesel per month.

In comparison, cycle to work schemes, such as CycleScheme, allow people to buy a standard £1000 e-cycle for less than £60 per month for just one year, after which time the only costs will be charging and occasional maintenance.
Jenny Box, deputy director of Making Cycling 'E-asier' said: "We’re delighted to be giving locals in Leicester the opportunity to discover the amazing benefits of e-cycling through Evans Cycles, and later, community hubs. Making Cycling E-asier's loans and skills and confidence sessions are completely free, and we hope this will help more people to consider e-cycling as an everyday mode of transport.”

The scheme, which is backed by an £8 million investment from Department for Transport, successfully launched in Manchester in May this year. The initiative will roll out in additional locations across the country next year.

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