Electric bike scheme in Rutland has been an instant hit with residents
An electric bike scheme launched in June has received more than 100 enquiries in its first month.
The pilot project offers people the chance to try out an electric bike by hiring one for a month.
They can be used for travelling to work, getting to school, shopping or just keeping fit.
The hire scheme, available through Rutland County Council, has been such a hit so far that it is already running at full capacity, with a waiting list.
Coun Lucy Stephenson, cabinet member for transport at the council, said: “Cycling provides an environmentally friendly alternative to car travel or public transport and is a great way to stay fit and active.
"This is a relatively small pilot project which supports the Government’s cycling and walking investment strategy, the aim of which is to make sustainable transport a natural choice for shorter journeys, and as part of longer journeys.
"Electric bikes are great for people who want or need a bit of extra assistance when cycling.
"We’re really pleased with the interest that people have shown in the scheme and would encourage everyone to at least think about e-bikes as a green and sustainable way to get around.”
An electric bike, also known as an e-bike, is pedal-powered but has an integrated electric motor, which can be used to assist the rider – making it easier to cover longer distances or cycle uphill.
For more information about e-bikes and the benefits of cycling, click here.