Gateshead Council Go Green Biking
Gateshead Council signs up to eBike scheme to transform the way employees travel to and from work.
20:27 19 November 2018
Gateshead Council has partnered with eBike firm Ride Electric in a bid to go green, save money and improve fitness.
Craig Goff-Cooper, general manager of Ride Electric, which supplies state-of-the-art electric bikes, said: “eBikes provide a whole new mode of transportation and we're delighted that Gateshead Council has embraced the technology we provide.
“Public transport isn't always reliable and parking is always a major problem for people. Driving short distances to work and to meetings every day can also be extremely uneconomical.
“We want to get people active to and from work and in and around the workplace, and we believe our eBikes provide the ultimate solution.
"We're confident more councils in the area will follow Gateshead Council's lead and provide eBikes for their employees.
“Every single person who has tested out our bikes on behalf of the council has come back with a smile on their face.
John McElroy, Gateshead Council’s cabinet member for environment and transport said: “The provision of electric bikes is just one of the measures we have introduced as part of our sustainable travel plan to encourage employees to use alternative forms of transport when travelling during their working day.
“The electric bikes join our existing pool of pedal bikes and are great use for longer journeys, or for when Gateshead’s hills would make it difficult for most people to use a pedal bike.
"We’re keen for more employees to use them to help reduce the number of cars on our roads, improve employees' fitness and reduce mileage costs.”