The Big Issue Group has partnered with City of Bristol College to offer staff and students access to its new line of electric bikes throughout the city.
In partnership with ShareBike, the Big Issue launched the scheme in Bristol ahead of the rest of the UK which will boost green employment opportunities and transport options in smaller cities and across towns in the UK.
We have entered a deal which gives all employees and students and opportunity to get a 35% discount on subscriptions for the use of the bikes.
Big Issue eBikes will also directly benefit the new Clean Air Zone which is being brought into Bristol town centre in the summer.
The Clean Air Zone is being brought in as it has been discovered that more than 80% of Bristol’s pollution comes from local traffic sources.
It is hoped the scheme will see 500 eBikes put up around Bristol and will see a direct reduction of 1,900 car trips a day.
Facilities Manager, Chris Gwynne, said: “We are extremely proud to partner with an organisation which supports individuals out of poverty, improve the environment within our city and enables alternative transport opportunities for our staff and students. We hope both parties will take full advantage of this offer.”
Chief Executive Officer of The Big Issue Group, Paul Cheal, said: “We are incredibly excited to have worked in collaboration with Charities Aid Foundation, Bristol and Bath Regional Capital, Bristol City Council and many other local community groups in Bristol on the launch of the first The Big Issue eBikes scheme. Renting an eBike from The Big Issue is not only good for the environment but it also creates opportunities for marginalised people. You are biking for good!”
How does it work?
Each user has to register with their payment card and use their work/student email to take advantage of the offer. Through the college offer, students and staff will only pay £12.95 a month instead of the regular £19.95 a month.
The subscription allows the customer to an unlimited number of rents with a free cycling time of 10 minutes, after which it costs 15p per minute.
The partnership is yet another move we have made towards our sustainability goal to become an eco-friendly, net zero College.