People in Cambridge and Peterborough city centres will soon be able to publicly hire electric bikes as they are rolled out by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority in collaboration with Voi Technology.
From the 12th January 2021, the public will be able to enjoy greener and healthier journeys on e-bikes while remaining socially distanced.
The bikes can travel between 50-100 miles on a single charge. To ensure the bikes always remain powered up, batteries will be swapped out by Voi overnight and taken back to a warehouse in Cambridge to be recharged as needed.
The new e-bikes dovetail with the 12-month rental e-scooter trial recently launched by Mayor James Palmer and provided by Voi Technology. More details about the electric bike scheme, including numbers of e-bikes, locations, and operational areas in Cambridge and Peterborough will be released in early January ahead of the launch.
“Cambridge is renowned for being a cycling city and electric bikes have the potential to revolutionise travel, helping more people to go further and at their convenience,” said Palmer. “We are launching this in Cambridge and Peterborough city centres, but we plan to introduce them across the region in due course, including in market towns such as St Ives.
“E-bikes make fast, clean, and inexpensive journeys possible, helping to ease congestion, reduce pollution and allow for social distancing.”
Richard Corbett, regional general manager of UK, Ireland and Benelux for Voi, added: “We are delighted to work with the Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority to bring our shared e-bike scheme to these cities early next year. Similarly to our e-scooters, shared e-bikes offer a green and socially distanced mode of transport and a great alternative to car journeys, reducing congestion and carbon emissions.”