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Devon e-cycle extension project

Devon e-cycle extension project

E-cycles can help residents in Devon make more everyday journeys by cycle and access more of Devon’s 150 miles of traffic-free leisure trails, contributing to our communities becoming healthier, greener and cleaner. However, only 7% of people in the UK say they would like to try an e-bike in the future[1].

The Devon E-cycle Extension project aims to raise awareness and increase the uptake of e-cycling in Devon[2]. It is funded by the E-cycle Extension Fund from the Department for Transport.

The project has 5 different elements:

1. Expansion of the Co Bikes dockless stations in Exeter

Co Bikes is the on demand electric bike hire in Exeter. Dockless stations enable Co Bike users to start and end their journey at a ‘virtual dock’ consisting of a geo-fenced cycle parking stand. Installing more dockless stations will allow us to the Co Bikes network more quickly and to test new locations before putting in more permanent stations.

Find the current Co Bikes station on the Co Bikes website.

2. Police and Health Centre e-cycle scheme in Exeter

This element of the project enables staff from Devon and Cornwall Police and selected health centres to trail the use of a Co Bike for their patrols and patient visits.

By creating a shared resource for use by locally stationed staff, we aim to demonstrate the value of e-cycles for everyday journeys, increase the number of local journeys completed on cycles and increase physical activity levels of staff.

3. E-cycle confidence sessions

We are working with various e-cycle hire shops across the county and Co Bikes in Exeter and Cranbrook to allow you to build your confidence in riding an e-cycle.

This FREE 2hour, 1:1 session with a qualified instructor will help you build your confidence in cycling on an e-cycle and get tailored cycling tips and advice. You can either arrange an e-cycle hire (for FREE) or complete the session on your own e-cycle.

To find out more and to sign up for an e-cycle confidence session, please visit our E-cycle confidence page.

4. Targeted e-cycle ‘taster ticket’ scheme

This element aims to increase the uptake of e-cycling in Devon by offering residents in targeted areas an e-cycle ‘taster ticket’. These taster tickets allow targeted residents to give e-cycling from their local Co Bikes stand a go for free.

5. Adapted e-cycle sessions

We are working with Freetrike Rehab Cycling to offer adapted e-cycle sessions to residents in Devon* who cannot ride a standard e-cycle.

These adapted e-cycle sessions are 2 hours long and are completely free. You will be picked from your home and transported to your nearest off-road path. Routes are planned based on your ability and comfort. Your carers and family are encouraged to come along and share the experience.

To find out more about these free adapted e-cycle sessions or to register your interest, please contact Freetrike Rehab Cycling using their website contact form.

More information

With any questions about the Devon E-cycle Extension project, please contact traveldevon@devon.gov.uk.

 

 

[1] https://ebiketips.road.cc/content/news/uk-lags-behind-in-e-bike-survey-with-just-7-saying-they-would-consider-using-one-2463

[2] Excluding Plymouth and Torbay