18 May 2016

E-bikes and new stations added to bike share network

Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability, tries out an e-bike

OXONBIKE, the popular bike share network in Oxford, has added e-bikes (electric power assisted bicycles) to its existing pedal bike fleet, to become the first scheme in the UK to offer both types of bikes.

Oxonbike - Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability, tries out an e-bike

80 bikes are now available at 13 docking stations across Oxford, including new stations at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Begbroke Science Park and Redbridge Park & Ride.  16 new e-bikes will be available across University’s stations at the Science Area, Begbroke Science Park, and Old Road Campus.  Real-time availability of e-bikes by station can be viewed on the OXONBIKE website.  Stations at the John Radcliffe and Churchill Hospitals will be providing e-bikes in June.

University staff can obtain 20% off the annual subscription tariff (£50 for e-bikes and £25 for pedal bikes) by signing up  with their University e-mail address and using the voucher code UOX/REG01.

Adam Bows, Sustainable Transport Manager in the Estates Services department, said ‘The e-bikes will take the pain out of cycling up Headington Hill and enable more University staff to travel quickly and sustainably between the Science Area, the OUH hospital sites in Oxford and Old Road Campus’.

The scheme expansion is funded by a £34,000 grant from the Department for Transport through Bikeplus’ Shared Electric Bike programme, with match funding of £30,000 from the University, with the goal of reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality through active travel.

With usage at £2/hour, the e-bikes offer a quick, reliable and easy way of getting about town. 

To find out more and sign-up to the scheme visit www.oxonbikes.co.uk/ebikes