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Commuters go greener with new electric bike service at Cambridge North Station and Milton Park and Ride

Cambridge Electric Transport is making commuting greener with its new electric bike service at Cambridge North Station and Milton Park and Ride

Cambridge electric bike commuter service to be made available from 3 sites

Cambridge Electric Transport is expanding its electric bike, e-Bike Cambridge! service for commuters in October to three pick-up points at Longstanton and Milton Park & Rides and Cambridge North station. The service is designed to link with bus and train services to provide a truly multi-modal and green last-mile solution.  It will also encourage commuters to park their cars outside the city. Its service from Milton Park & Ride will launch on 1 October and from Cambridge North Station in early November.

The two new e-bike hubs mean that employees working in the North Cambridge business parks can now pick up an electric bike from three separate, convenient locations and finish their journeys to work in a healthy, environmentally sustainable way that also saves them money. This network of e-bike hubs kick-starts the UK’s first commuter e-bike shared service.

Electric bike commuter service speeds up journey to work

The Cambridge North e-bike service will enable car drivers to choose a more sustainable method of travel to work with a car + bike or train + bike option, speeding up their commute.  Employees using the Milton Park and Ride will now avoid sitting in traffic on the busy A10, covering the last mile by electric bike

The electric bike service, e-Bike Cambridge! has already been chosen by 70 employees from over 35 companies who used the e-bikes in the pilot over July-September funded by Cambridge Science Park. These riders are finding that they are saving up to 15 minutes each way, compared to being stuck in traffic or waiting for a bus. Users have described the e-bikes as “cheaper and more convenient than car or bus.”

Employees can sign up to try one of the bikes at by signing up on the electric bike hire booking page.

Companies wishing to support employees choosing more sustainable travel options can do so by contacting Perry Carroll of Cambridge Electric Transport at perryc@nullcambridgeelectrictransport.co.uk.

Ensors staff using Cambridge Electric Transport's electric bikes
Ensors staff use electric bikes
Use Cambridge Electric Transport bike to avoid traffic on busy A10
Avoid traffic on busy A10

MP goes car free with Cambridge Electric Transport’s electric bike

Daniel Zeichner, Cambridge City’s MP will be riding one of its electric bikes throughout the day on Car Free and Zero Emissions Day, Friday 21st September. He will be collecting the e-bike on Cambridge Science Park.  The latter is the first business park to have piloted Cambridge Electric Transport’s e-bike scheme encouraging over 35 companies to try the bikes.

In a bid to show Cambridge residents that using more sustainable forms of transport is the way to keep healthy, save money and reduce pollution and traffic levels in the city, Daniel Zeichner and his Chief of Staff will be riding Cambridge Electric Transport’s e-bikes throughout the day.  Friday 21st September is the international Car Free and Zero Emissions Day and all over the world people will be dropping the keys to go green.  Car Free Day is organised in various cities throughout the world in different ways, but with the common goal of reducing the number of cars on the streets. The benefit to greater society is a day with less traffic congestion, a greener environment and reduced gasoline demand. Today, Car Free Day includes celebrations in 46 countries and over 2,000 cities.

Speaking about using the electric bike, Daniel Zeichner, MP said “Making sure that we maintain the state of this planet for future generations couldn’t be more important, which is why I am showing my support for Zero Emissions and World Car Free Day by cycling all day.”

“We all know that congestion, poor air quality and climate change is causing real problems for us and this planet but if we want to do something about it then we need to start putting the brakes on CO² emissions. One way to do that is to choose a greener and more sustainable journey.”

“It will be interesting to make my usual Friday constituency appointments by e-bike but it is for a great cause! I’d like to thank Cambridge Electric Transport for providing the bike and for what they are doing to make it easier for people to travel to work by bicycle. Cambridge has a great cycling community and I have no doubt that plenty of residents will also be showing their support this weekend by taking to their bike.”

Employees of the North Cambridge business parks can hire an electric bike for free by booking on our online booking page.  Try something new today, save money and go green.

Companies wishing to regularly use the bikes for employee commuting and internal meetings can do so by contacting Perry Carroll at Perryc@nullcambridgeelectrictransport.co.uk.

Cambridge City MP, Daniel Zeichner, hires Cambridge Electric Transport's electric bike
Daniel Zeichner MP hires Cambridge Electric Transport electric-bikes
As part of car free and zero emmission day, Daniel Zeichner rides electric bike
Cambridge MP, Daniel Zeichner, rides electric bike from Cambridge Electric Transport electric bike

Cambridge Electric Transport to attend Green Transport Day

Cambridge Electric Transport is to attend Green Transport Day on 20th September 2018 from 11.30 - 2pm at the MathWorks car park on the Cambridge Business Park.

The event, which is being organised by Travel Plan Plus will be encouraging those employees who currently drive to the park to think about changing their behaviour to sustainable modes of travel.

The park is so popular that many employees are parking off site and Travel Plan Plus will be inviting a range of companies including Cambridge Electric Transport to showcase relevant products and services on the day including:

  • Various kinds of bicycles including electric bikes
  • Stagecoach services
  • Train operators
  • Electric and hybrid vehicles
  • Pool cars for business travel

Cambridge Electric Transport will be showcasing its e-bikes that have already been used by many employees at various companies on the Cambridge Science Park.  Picking them up from Longstanton, they have enjoyed trying out something new, saving money and being more environmentally friendly.  All staff working at the business parks are encouraged to come along and try the bikes which they can later book for free and cycle to work on.

Join us on the day and try out an electric bike yourself.  We look forward to meeting you there.

Electric bike rider

Cambridge Independent: Electric bike hire

Electric bike hire is coming of age on city's technology parks

On August 26th, Mike Scialom, writing in the Cambridge Independent described Cambridge Electric Transport's electric bike service.

The pilot service, funded by Cambridge Science Park, was a huge success. More than 50 staff members from 20 different companies tried the free Electric Bike service from Longstanton.

The scheme is expanding to include other North Cambridge Business Centres such as the Cambridge Business Park, St John's Innovation Centre and Allia Future Business Centre. The article interviews managers at Allia Future Business Centre on King's Hedges Road.

Cambridge Electric Transport plans to expand this service, aiming for 16 pick up points, and over 1,000 bikes by Spring 2019.

There will be three payment methods:

  1. Riders can pay for the service: by day, week or month
  2. Your site can pay, e.g. Cambridge Science Park already has an account
  3. Your company can pay for your use

There are three reasons to support this service, it:

  1. Is sustainable transport
  2. Offers traffic relief for the city
  3. Frees up valuable parking space in company car-parks

For more information about how your company can become more sustainable and save money for your employees on contact costs and become more healthy, please contact Sean Moroney - Seanm@nullcambridgeelectrictransport.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electric bike hire is coming of age: Cambridge Independent Aug 2018

CUH Campus Cycle Hub offers monthly clinics

The Campus Cycle Hub will now be running monthly cycle clinics on the last Wednesday of every month. These will be run in the area outside the back of the concourse from 11:00-15:00 and will be open to anyone at the campus who has a problem with their bike or just wants some advice about bike maintenance, repair or cycling in general.

CUH has an increasingly large community of cyclists and on-going work is being carried out in order to make the site as user friendly as possible. This includes increasing the number of bike racks in key areas and providing valuable discounts on bikes and accessories for those who use their bike to commute to work.

Campus Cycle Hub: hire your electric bike for business meeting here.
CUH Campus Cycle Hub

Addenbrooke’s electric bikes available for staff

Addenbrooke’s Hospital (Cambridge University Hospital NHS Trust) has launched its Addenbrooke’s electric bikes scheme for meetings on Cycle to Work Day – 15th August 2018.

Addenbrooke’s electric bikes for improved well being, reduced car park charges and travel time

The trust will make available Cambridge Electric Transport electric bicycles, for staff travelling to local meetings where ordinarily they may have driven.

Energy and sustainability manager, Richard Hales, who led the project said: ‘Currently,  staff cover around 8,000 miles a year on trips either to or from Campus of less than 10 miles - costing the Trust approximately £4,000."

Richard added: "I hope the two new bicycles will be an appealing alternative for anyone planning a short car journey. Benefits include:

  • Improved well-being
  • Reduced travel time
  • Reduce car parking charges
  • Reduced air pollution & carbon emissions."

 

Addenbrooke's E-bikes for Business launch

E-bike pilot a great hit with employees

The e-bike pilot that Cambridge Electric Transport has been running in conjunction with Cambridge Science Park throughout July has been a great success with employees of the companies residing on the Science Park.

Jeanette Walker, Cambridge Science Park Director, who has also tried the e-bike herself, said “It’s been great to partner with Cambridge Electric Transport on this trial.

Busy commuters need to be confident that the e-bikes will be ready for pick-up at the exact time they booked, and that the bikes actually work.

Cambridge Electric Transport have worked hard to provide a professional, reliable and friendly service, and its thanks to them that the trial has been so successful.”

Busy commuters need to be confident that the e-bikes will be ready for pick-up at the exact time they booked, and that the bikes actually work. Cambridge Electric Transport have worked hard to provide a professional, reliable and friendly service, and its thanks to them that the trial has been so successful.”

Employees from over 20 different companies try the e-bikes in the pilot

Employees from over 20 different companies have enjoyed the bikes during the month of July, picking them up from Longstanton Park & Ride and returning them to the same location.

How the e-bike riders have described the bikes

“I have found it easy to ride and would definitely use it if it became a permanent arrangement,” said Sarah Ward of The Royal Society of Chemistry, speaking about her experience of the e-bikes.

Other employees described the e-bikes as:

  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable – “the seat, being thick gives a comfortable ride”
  • Can set off for work when you want
  • No cramped bus journey
  • Much cheaper, more flexible
  • Healthier

The e-bike riders also appreciated the views and countryside along the guided busway – “Nice easy ride, lovely views, easy to park.  I don’t know why anyone would get in the car (unless it was raining!)  Thanks so much, enjoyed the service”, said Erika Pyne of Amgen.

An interesting comment was made by Corbie Barnard of Roku about the suitability of the bikes for people not in the best of health, saying,

“With the ease of use with the bikes it’s accessible to a wide range of riders who don’t necessarily have to be in the best of shape to get into Cambridge. It doesn’t take that long – 20 minutes, you get to be out in the open air, morning and evening. It’s less crowded than a bus during the commuting hours & there’s a sense of self-reward from cycling with the health benefit. I really enjoyed cycling along the guided bus way and particularly getting to work not feeling really sweaty.”

Employees who work on the Cambridge Science Park can sign up to the e-bike pilot online. Cambridge Electric Transport would like to thank Cambridge Science Park and Cambridgeshire County Council for their participation in the pilot and looks forward to working with other companies and business parks.

Electric bike pilot at Longstanton
Electric bike pilot
Hire Peter Pedals Electric Bike at Longstonton Park & Ride
Peter Pedals Electric Bike

Cambridge MP tests CitiPod

Cambridge Labour MP Daniel Zeichner got behind the bars of a CitiPod, a vehicle Cambridge Electric Transport is calling the future of transport.

The CitiPod, a venture by entrepreneur Peter Dawe, is pedal-powered and electric assisted.

Mr Zeichner said: “Much-improved battery technology and light, tough protection makes the citipod a genuine option for short journeys, and it’s great fun!

“I’m a strong advocate for electric bikes, and this takes ebikes a step further, providing protection to make it an all-weather vehicle at an affordable price – my only question, do you do it in red?”

Originally published in the Cambridge Independent

 

Local Cambridge MP test drives a CityPod
Peter Dawe, Sean Moroney & Daniel Zeichner test CitiPod

Electric bike review by Mike Stapleton

by Cycling Veteran Mike Stapleton

I tested a Peter’s Pedals electric bike. Generally, I was impressed by this bikes' quality and performance. It is highly suitable for commuting. It also works for touring 50 to 60 miles per day.

Design and Features

First I'll review the design and quality of the components. Then I'll discuss the bike's handling, i.e. my experience of riding it.

Frame

This bike has a step-through aluminium frame. It is painted white with blue logos. The frame is relatively stiff. When starting it does not wobble.

Battery

The battery is housed behind the seat post and locks in place. To remove the battery, you use the quick release to remove the seat post.

The battery specification is 36v 10A Lithium Ion. A display, turned on by a push button, indicates the remaining power.

Cambridge Electric Transport provide a 1.8A battery charger. A red light indicates charging, a green light means fully charged, which takes 6 hours. Unfortunately, re-charging the battery at cafés is impractical as the charge rate is too low.

Brakes

The Vee Brakes are effective, easy and cheap to maintain. The stopping power is good.

Touching the brakes cuts the motor, so the bike quickly stops. For a group, e.g. a cycling club, this feature is bad for those riding close behind.

Computer control

The computer control and display is basic, entry-level. The features are:

  • Motor control;
  • Battery level display;
  • Light switch.

Gears

The gears are 6 speed dérailleur. 1st gear is about right. However, 6th gear is too low for touring riders.

The remaining gears are about right. They are appropriate for the available power levels. The gear changes are smooth, and the handlebar control is satisfactory. There is a gear selection display.

Pedals

The flat pedals are normal pedals. Experienced riders might replace them with half clips. These improve "location", and prevent feet slipping off the pedals when it rains.

Standard Equipment:

  • Handlebars: fine though basic;
  • Rack: very good;
  • Lights: excellent;
  • Saddle: soft, adequate even for a chap;
  • Wheels & tyres: good, robust;
  • Mudguards: excellent;
  • Chain guard: good;
  • Tool kit: excellent.

Handling

I love this bike. It feels really good riding solo. I am going to be really sad to return it.

This electric bike is a bit heavy. Starting the bike takes several pedal strokes, before the motor cuts in. This can be a problem when crossing traffic. The trick is to set it into a low gear before you stop.

Steering and stiffness is excellent.

Motor system

The computer control is standard for a wheel drive system. I've used a very similar system. However, the time for the motor to cut-in and drop out is too long for riders bunched together, e.g. cycling clubs. The time to cut-in, when you start pedalling, is significant.

The motor cut-in and drop-out times are OK for solo touring and commuting. They are not good for cycling club riders. When climbing, the electric bike goes faster than the club bikes. If you suddenly cut the motor power, the power change is significant. This power change is dangerous and highly disconcerting. In addition, the 15.5 mph limit is a legal requirement. On the flat, the bike is not as fast as club riders.

The other bike I tried had faster cut-in and drop-out times. Generally, crank-drive system don't have this problem. A level setting on the control panel largely determines the power level. Pedal pressure does not change the power level. The power change when the motor drops-out also does not happen on crank drives. The motor has a free wheel.

Range

I tested both low and mid modes. The tests took place on similar days, with little or no wind, on relatively flat countryside. Note that wind affects range, but this applies to all bikes.

Overall I find the range amazing and think the specification is excessively conservative.

The range in low-mode is about 100 miles. Admittedly, pedalling is fairly hard work, and my speed was around 10 mph. I would prefer 11mph, which could be easily programmed.

The mid-mode range is about 48 miles in hilly countryside on a windy day. Actually I rode quite hard for 38 miles, and used about 3/4 of the available power. I easily climbed the hill on Royston Lane, riding out to Littlebury. On a calm day, on flat countryside I achieved about 70 miles.

My mid-mode speed was around 14 mph, which is a bit fast. I would prefer 12-13 mph, which again could be easily programmed. In mid-mode, I could climb any Cambridgeshire hill using bottom gear.

Max-mode is only useful in very hilly area. It drains the battery quickly. On another ride I tried max mode on Chapel Hill Haslingfield. Max mode was really not necessary. Hence I'd say max-mode is a waste of time in Cambridgeshire. I would prefer the power output to be reduced.

Price

The price is fantastic. A better bike, that addresses some of the issues, costs over £1,500.

Mike Stapleton on Peter's Pedals electric bike
Mike Stapleton on Peter's Pedals electric bike

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