Here’s a great idea! Give people the chance to borrow an electric bike on their commute to work or around town for running their errands. That is what is available to the workers at the Cambridge Science Park. It is part of a program called Travel Plan Plus that allows the workers to “checkout” an electric bike for a while and use it as an alternative to a car.
Here is a quote from the program co-coordinator Gary Armstrong:
“The idea of the pool bike scheme is to remind and encourage people working in the area that there are alternatives to using the car – especially for short journeys in the local vicinity. The available electric bikes on the scheme are quite nippy, fun to ride, with the added advantage that you won’t arrive at your destination in need of a shower or change of clothes.”
I like the idea of having the bikes available to people so they can get used to what an electric bike is like and also put it into use on some of their regular trips around town. There are so many trips around town that don’t require a car. It seems that sometimes the car is just the default vehicle that people choose.
My hope is that a program like this would spark (pun intended :)) some interest in electric bikes for people that are not cyclists already.
Here is the article from Cambridge News that I read. It has some more of the specifics.
Would you be interested in trying an electric bike through a program like this?
What percentage of trips around town do you think you could do on an electric bike?
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