Greenwich electric bike loan scheme ‘for everyone’

People living, working and/or studying in Greenwich can now borrow an e-bike for only £10 a month, as part of a scheme to improve air quality and get people active.

‘E-Z Cycle’ has been rolled out across Greenwich following a successful trial – and also offers participants the option to buy an e-bike at a discounted rate after taking part in the scheme.

Loan sessions, where participants can collect their e-bike and partake in training, will take place twice per month:

  • On the fourth Saturday of each month at Charlton Athletic FC training ground (Sparrows Lane, SE9 2JR)
  • On the second Sunday of each month at The Valley stadium (Floyd Road. SE7 8BL)

The first session is on 26 January (1-4pm), at Charlton Athletic FC training ground.

E-Z Cycle is a Royal Borough of Greenwich scheme, part of the Sharing Cities programme and the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund.

Greenwich Council says e-bikes are ideal for people wishing to return to cycling, or those with health conditions that make riding a regular bike difficult.

Cllr Denise Scott-McDonald, cabinet member for air quality, public realm and transport, said:

“This is one of a wide range of measures we’re taking to improve air quality across the Royal Borough.

“As well as helping more people try out cycling, which is a great way to take more exercise, the E-Z Cycle e-bike hire scheme will help reduce traffic.”

The scheme is being delivered in partnership with the Council and Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT).

Deb Browne, CACT’s head of health improvement, said:

“We are delighted to be supporting this project and very much looking forward to the first session. There are many benefits to be enjoyed through cycling, including increased cardiovascular strength, muscle strength and flexibility, improved joint mobility and decreased stress levels.

“Our health improvement advisers will be on hand to provide one-to-one support to everyone who collects and drops off a bike and will be able to inform residents how they can keep cycling.”

15 January 2019