Exeter, Devon UK • Apr 12, 2024 • VOL XII

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Electric bike scheme arrives on campus

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A new self-service electric bike hire scheme called Co-bikes has been launched in Exeter.

Functioning like Santander Cycles in London (more commonly referred to as ‘Boris Bikes’), the scheme allows for bikes to be hired and dropped-off in various locations around Exeter. So far, there are docking stations at the University of Exeter (outside the Forum), Exeter Central Station, and Sowton Park-and Ride, with each dock holding between four and eight bikes.

Members can pay as little as 75p for a 30-minute journey, whereas non-members would pay a minimum of £1.50. A membership costs £60 annually.

The system utilises mobile app technology, allowing members to hire bikes on a pay-as-you-go basis, 24/7. The bikes last for an average of 40-60 miles of power-assisted pedalling, and can reach a maximum speed of 15mph.

The initiative was created by Exeter-based not-for-profit co-operative, Cocars, who offer hire-by-the-hour vehicles throughout the South West , linking Exeter to areas like Salisbury and Dorchester.

The company have plans to add docking stations at the Civic Centre and the County Hall later this year, building up to a total of eight sites in Exeter by mid-2017. Co-bikes is also a member of
the nextbike network, a worldwide project which has UK schemes in cities across the country, from Glasgow to Milton Keynes.

The University’s Travel Plan Coordinator, Joel Smith, explained: “We wanted to provide our staff, students and visitors with a sustainable and affordable way to get around the city.”

Devon County Council partially funded the scheme, which was also supported by a variety of companies and institutions, including the Department of Transport, Exeter City Council and the University of Exeter.

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