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Cycling in Birmingham to be made electric

todayJune 22, 2021

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Birmingham City Council will roll out electric bicycles later this year in partnership with local organisations to help increase cycling provision for vulnerable people and the wider community.

Electric bicycles, or E-bikes, offer similar health and environmental benefits as regular bicycles but have a battery-powered pedal assist, which reduces stress on knees, and allows you to make longer journeys in a faster time.

The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is set to receive 9 E-bikes for their ‘cycling on prescription’ scheme. The scheme links the use of e-bikes to health benefits, working with local GP surgeries to provide people with long-term health conditions cycle training and bikes to help with their physical and mental wellbeing.

Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Councillor Waseem Zaffar MBE, said: “We are being bold in our efforts to reduce carbon emissions from transport, encourage active travel and improve air quality. This funding will further support our plans and directly demonstrate the potential of e-cycles to replace different types of car trips.”

E-Bike Brum, based in Erdington, are also set to receive 6 E-bikes which will be leased to people in deprived areas of the city who otherwise would not have access to cycling.

Midland Mencap will also receive four adapted E-bikes to expand their city-wide park ride cycling provision for disabled users and their families.

Birmingham’s Bicycle Mayor, Chris Coyle, also com: “It’s great to see that this funding will be used to support cycling provision for harder to reach groups including those with long-term health benefits, specific mobility requirements, and low incomes.”

The funding will also provide 16 e-bikes to the West Midlands Cycle Hire scheme in Birmingham, increasing the fleet size by 20%. The Council will continue the work in supporting projects that provide access to groups likely to be excluded from cycling.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, who leads TfWM, added: “We are delighted to incorporate more E-bikes into the West Midlands Cycle Hire Scheme. The scheme has already proven to be immensely popular across the West Midlands – not least in Birmingham – and I know E-bikes will only add to that popularity.”

 

Written by: David Watkins

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