Some 100 e-bikes have been launched in Colchester to support demand for longer journeys in the city.
The e-bikes were introduced on 07 July and add to an existing fleet of e-scooters operated by micromobility company Tier.
Councillor Andrea Luxford Vaughan, Colchester City Council’s portfolio holder for planning, environment and sustainability, said: “These new e-bikes align with Colchester’s vision of becoming a sustainable city by promoting convenient, affordable, and environmentally friendly transportation options.
“As we strive toward a more sustainable future, it is essential to embrace innovative solutions like e-bikes that can help us achieve our goals.”
With a top speed of 15mph, the e-bikes feature front-mounted baskets that riders can use to hold a bag while travelling and a smartphone holder that provides wireless charging.
The bikes are all equipped with front and rear brakes, always-on front and rear lights and a bell for safety.
Users in Colchester will have to pay £1 to unlock an e-bike and then 21p a minute during their journey.
Users must park the e-bikes in one of a number of designated parking bays, which can be found in the app marked by a white ‘P’ in a blue circle.
Users will be unable to end their ride outside of a parking bay in the marked area in the centre of Colchester. Outside of this area rides not ended in a parking bay will incur a fee.
Innovations and achievements such as this will highlighted and celebrated at the second annual CiTTi Awards, which takes place at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London on 21 November 2023. Entries are now open and close on July 28. For more information, please visit www.cittiawards.co.uk