On your bike!

Staff at Stoke on Trent College have come up with a wheely green way to commute between campuses!

A fleet of five “705 Wisper Classic” electric bikes have been launched to give college staff a travel alternative when travelling between the two main sites, the Cauldon and Burslem campuses.

It comes following a successful bid put forward by Stoke on Trent College against the governments Clean Air Grant in 2013 to purchase a fleet of electric bikes, accessories and cycle storage units fitted with charging points.

The Local Sustainable Transport Team, who were very enthusiastic about the college’s idea, supported the funding bid and enabled the college to recently take receipt of the new fleet of electric bikes.

The electric bikes will now be used to commute the three miles between the college’s Cauldon Campus off Stoke Road, Shelton, and the Burslem Campus off Moorland Road in Burslem.

Sally Fitchard, Facilities Manager at Stoke on Trent College, said: “Staff from across the college will be using the new electric bikes as an alternative travel option between the campuses, and away from car use for short journeys, supporting our Green Travel initiatives.

This is a wonderful opportunity to offer individual health and wellbeing benefits to our staff whilst reducing the noise and air pollution produced by cars in the city.

It will also help reduce the impacts of road congestion and avoid our staff having to battle with the traffic when commuting between the campuses. Instead they will get to enjoy a stress-free journey along the fantastic canal paths and scenic bike routes we have available in the city.

We have received tremendous support from our staff ahead of the launch and we are excited about being an even greater environmentally friendly establishment.”

Following the successful bid, the college has partnered with eBikeShed to provide and train the staff in using the electric bikes. The local business, who specialise in a wide range of electric bikes, non- electric bikes, and accessories, have assisted the college to select the right bikes and will support them throughout their usage.

To find out more about eBikeShed please visit www.ebikeshed.co.uk

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