Save money, get active and help the environment by renting a free e-bike
25 March 2019
Renting a free electric bike from the university is a quick, active and environmentally- friendly way of getting around Leeds and from Campus to Campus. Learn more about commuting via e-bike from super user and staff member Russell Brewood.
Meet Russell Brewood, a Category Manager at Leeds Beckett University, who is the university’s e-bike Super-User.
Russell has booked the University’s electric bike more than any other staff member, since the e-bike formed part of the Leeds Beckett’s bike fleet in July 2017.
He regularly uses the bike for business travel, cycling from his office at Queens Square House to Headingley campus where he has regular business meetings.
“The e-bike is my preferred way of travelling to Headingley for meetings, it’s a fun way of travelling. It’s quicker than the staff shuttle, I can do it in less than 15 minutes.
“The fact that it’s electric, means that I can cycle the hill easily in my work clothes and arrive ready for my meetings, not hot and sweaty and needing a shower.”
Russell, who previously only cycled whilst abroad on holiday, was a first-time user of the e-bike and has since booked it more than 20 times.
The University hopes the three e-bikes will make cycling for business more attractive and inclusive for staff.
Dave Prince, Cycling Officer at Leeds Beckett says: “The University’s travel results show that 40% of the inter-site journeys are made by car, which is contributing to congestion, carbon emissions, reduced air quality and affecting the health and well-being of students and staff.
“We want to reduce this to 20% by 2021, and encouraging staff to cycle is one way of doing this and the e-bikes make cycling even quicker and easier”.
Staff can book an e-bike via the staff intranet booking portal here and it can be booked with a helmet and panniers if needed. Staff are given a short e-bike over-view so they feel confident with how to use it.
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