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ELECTRIC BIKE SHARE SCHEME LAUNCHES AT ISLE OF WIGHT EDUCATION FEDERATION

L-R: John Allen, Nicky Metcalf, Jo Hamilton, Alec Broome, Syretta West, Ben Donald, Alistair Bridle, Dave Mumford and Ross Edmunds

A new electric bike share scheme has launched – a first for the Island – with a fleet of three electric bikes hitting the streets of Newport this week.

Wight Cycle Hire Ltd, with support from the Isle of Wight Council, has provided e-bikes to the Isle of Wight Education Federation (IWEF) to enable car-free staff journeys between Carisbrooke College, Medina College and the VI Form Campus in central Newport.

This innovative scheme will see school staff swapping cars for electric bikes for the journey between campuses, contributing to reduced local congestion and carbon emissions.

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The project is supported by the Isle of Wight Council’s Sustainable Travel Access Fund programme, using funding which was secured competitively from the Department for Transport to deliver a wider programme of sustainable transport interventions being delivered through to April 2020.

Ross Edmunds, schools project manager at Wight Cycle Hire Ltd said:

“We’re delighted to support the IWEF with the launch of the Island’s first electric bike share scheme. We have worked closely with them to deliver a scheme which meets the needs of its staff.

“In researching the scheme, we identified that between Medina College and VI Form campus, nearly 40 per cent of staff travel between the campuses each week, with 97 per cent currently using a private car. We anticipate that the electric bikes will replace up to 4,000 car journeys each year.”

Matthew Parr-Burman, executive headteacher and head of school for Carisbrooke College and Isle of Wight Education Federation, said:

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“I am confident that this scheme will be popular amongst staff. Like all organisations, the IWEF has a desire to reduce its carbon footprint and using electric bikes for journeys between campuses is a great way of contributing to this reduction. The scheme will also contribute to staff wellbeing and may even deliver quicker journey times between sites.”

For further information on current sustainable transport schools projects, contact [email protected].

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Joe Bloggs
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Joe Bloggs

What about all the traffic held up behind these bicycles having to drive in first or second gear. Very green, not.

Joanne Bloggs
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Joanne Bloggs

What about the bikes using the cycle tracks and no be on the road at all.

Kevsnr
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Kevsnr

Pushbikes should be banned from roads they don’t pay and all they do is create traffic jams and cause accidents

Mrs Moneypenny
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Mrs Moneypenny

Extremely laudable project and all in favour of more bikes, in surroundings which are geared up for bikes, and not country lanes which are lethal. If we are serious about getting cars off our roads, can I ask, how many car journeys are made each day taking children to school (and picking them up) because they no longer go to school locally? Does anyone have these figures as it must run into the thousands, surely? And can we not put pressure on the schools to organise ‘group’ drop off and pick ups to eliminate journey with only one or two children per car?

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