Sustrans and East Sussex Cycle Training to provide free bicycle loans to key woprkers in East Sussex

A new initiative from Sustrans in partnership with East Sussex County Council (ESCC), will provide free loan bicycles to key workers in the East Sussex region.

Over 60 bicycles will be offered on a free loan basis for three months, with potential to renew after the initial period. The bicycles are available for loan from the ESCC Peacehaven Cycle Hub and Eastbourne Cycle Centre. The loan includes a new helmet and lock for each user.  [continued below]



With the government asking the public to avoid public transport where possible during the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, this scheme offers keyworkers an active and sustainable alternative to travelling by car.

Sustrans said:

We are all so impressed with the dedication and hard work of all key workers during this crisis. We wanted to offer something in return. We have a good fleet of bikes, which are not being used due to the lockdown. So we are delighted to offer these bikes on loan to any key worker who would like a safe and healthy way of getting to and from work

ESCC said:

This is an ideal opportunity for us to give something back to these extremely hard working key workers that we are all so proud off.  If we can make their journeys to work easier and safer then I am proud to be part of this project.

Helen Kellar, Sustrans Delivery Coordinator said:

With recent government advice encouraging workers to avoid public transport and to cycle and walk whenever possible and local councils rapidly installing new cycle lanes, we are at an exciting cross roads and have a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a lasting transformative change in how we make short journeys in our towns and cities.”

The project is part of East Sussex County Council’s Active Access for Growth, which aims to encourage behavioural change by promoting active travel to local schools and workplaces.

The free bike loan scheme will launch on 15th June 2020.  To register interest and for more information contact Jamie Lloyd

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