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 17 different companies try the e-bikes in the pilot
Employees from 17 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
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.