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East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Wheels to Work Scheme will launch a new range of e-bikes available for rent from October.

Designed to help local residents get to work, training, college, or simply to become more healthy and active on a bike, the pilot scheme will initially launch with 14 bikes to hire.

The e-bike launch is part of the council's £1.4 million Get Active East Riding project, which received a £700,000 contribution from the Department for Transport's Access Fund.

The e-bikes, which are regular cycles with an electrical assist, will be available to anyone aged 16 years or over and aim to encourage more people to travel using sustainable modes.

Eligible East Riding residents will pay £35 a month and will receive an e-bike, for up to one year, as well as a helmet, hi-visibility jacket and cycle lock. Free bikeability training and bike maintenance courses are also available to all who join the scheme.

Erika Spight, project manager for Wheels to Work, said: "We're really excited to be launching these new e-bikes and they offer a real alternative to our popular scooter loan scheme, plus an opportunity to try out an e-bike before you commit to buying one. "E-bikes are popular with people young and old and this mode of transport is already taking off all over the UK. We're envisaging a high number of applicants for the e-bikes, so I'd encourage people to apply sooner rather than later."

Councillor Andy Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and planning delivery, said: "Given the rural nature of the East Riding, Wheels to Work is one of the council's most popular initiatives and supports our residents get out and about on two wheels. "These new e-bikes will be a welcome addition to the scheme and will be ideal for those who live in parts of the East Riding with hills or those who have a bit further to travel but don't qualify for a moped."

To find out more about Wheels to Work or to apply, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/wheelstowork


Councillor Andy Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and planning delivery, and Erika Spight, project manager for Wheels to Work, with one of the council's new e-bikes