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The Big Issue launches e-bike hire scheme

Will Strickson
13 Nov 2020

'Biking for Good' will recruit previously unemployed people to run the scheme, with the first bikes expected to roll out early next year

The Big Issue has launched a new e-bike hire scheme to boost green employment in the UK.

A collaboration with Norwegian company ShareBike, which operates e-bike schemes across Europe, 'Biking for Good' will recruit and retrain unemployed and vulnerable people, offering them a living wage and access to services and support.

The Big Issue eBikes scheme is set to roll out its first fleet of bikes in early 2021, followed by 15 more over the following two years, providing an ethical and sustainable way for people to travel in participating towns and cities.

'ShareBike sees a unique opportunity to help people whilst providing sustainable mobility,' ShareBike CEO Jan Tore Endresen said. 

'With more than 20 years' experience in global bike sharing we have ensured that Big Issue eBikes offer a comfortable and convenient alternative to fossil fuel-based transportation, as well as providing an affordable mode of travelling around cities in the UK.'

The scheme is part of efforts by the Ride Out Recession Alliance, backed by Shelter, Generation Rent, Unilever and The National Skills Agency, to support and retrain people to find jobs in green and ethical industries.

Lord John Bird, founder of The Big Issue said: 'We are living through some dark times, with predications that hundreds of thousands of people could lose their jobs and be made homeless.

'By renting an e-bike from The Big Issue not only are you doing good for the environment but you are doing good for others too.'

Interested councils or businesses are encouraged to visit to find out how to set up a scheme in their local community.

Lead image: Louise Haywood-Schiefer

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