Published: Friday, 11th January 2019
You 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 allows you to ride a pedal-assisted e-bike - to give you a boost up hills or when starting off from junctions. They are a great way to return to cycling if you haven’t done so for a while, or if you have health conditions that make riding a regular bike tricky.
Following a successful trial in the Low Emission Neighbourhood of Greenwich West and Peninsula wards last year, the Council and Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) are expanding the scheme to all residents in Royal Greenwich.
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."
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. We know that there are many benefits to be enjoyed through cycling, including increased cardiovascular strength, muscle strength and flexibility, improved joint mobility, and decreased stress levels - the list goes on, really.
"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."
E-Z Cycle is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in the Royal Borough of Greenwich aged over 18. The £10 cost is to cover insurance for a month.
Loan sessions, where you will collect your e-bike and do some training, 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 Saturday 26 January, 1-4pm, at Charlton Athletic FC Training Ground, Sparrows Lane SE9 2JR.
You can also have the option to buy an e-bike at a discounted rate after taking part.
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.