The power provider, which sponsors the nextbike-operated fleet of e-bikes in Glasgow, desires to encourage individuals out of their automobiles and onto e-bikes to mark World Automotive Free Day 2020.
The annual occasion, right now (September 22), goals to encourage individuals to contemplate ditching their automobiles and switching to a extra sustainable different comparable to biking.
This yr, ScottishPower, along with nextbike, is providing free hour-long rides to nextbike clients on the day.
The 63 e-bikes have proved successful with Glasweigians since their launch in October final yr. In whole, the fleet has amassing 22,600 leases, with individuals biking greater than 100,000 km.
E-bikes are a mixture of a traditional bike with a motor that take a number of the effort out of pedalling for the rider. With high speeds of 25km per hour, the e-bikes can cowl better distances quicker and with much less effort.
Samuel Coldham, nextbike UK enterprise growth supervisor, mentioned: “We’re delighted that ScottishPower has provided to provide free rides to town to mark World Automotive Free Day.
“E-bikes aren’t solely nice for lowering journey instances and taking up steep hills – of which Glasgow has loads – however they’re additionally a good way of accelerating inclusivity and getting individuals of all skills and health ranges into biking.
“Automotive use dropped considerably throughout this summer time’s lockdown, however ranges have began to creep again up once more as individuals begin to transfer round extra. We hope that folks will cease and suppose earlier than making their journeys on Tuesday, and go for a greener – and free – different.”
Dr Sam Gardner, ScottishPower’s Head of Local weather Change and Sustainability added: “We’re proud to provide Glaswegians the possibility to do their bit for the surroundings by ditching the automobile on World Automotive Free Day and giving e-bikes a go utterly freed from cost. It is a wonderful means for individuals to see how e-bikes may work for them as a cleaner and greener mode of transport and offers them the possibility to contemplate making the swap within the longer-term.
“These are the type of adjustments all of us have to consider now if we’re to have any hope of attaining Glasgow’s internet zero targets within the subsequent ten years. I’ve little doubt the individuals of Glasgow will take up the problem, get on their e-bike and use World Automotive Free Day 2020 as the beginning of their efforts to realize a greater future, faster.”
Glasgow Metropolis Council’s Cllr Anna Richardson, Metropolis Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Discount, additionally welcomed the information.
She mentioned: “There was a improbable response to e-bikes being included the Glasgow’s fleet of rent bikes. The extent of help that’s coming by way of for energetic and sustainable transport within the metropolis is nice to see.”
To make the most of the free supply, individuals might want to enter the code Carfree1hr of their nextbike rental app. Every buyer can redeem the voucher as soon as.
Electrical bike rental isn’t at present lined by common nextbike memberships.
Clients can hire e-bikes utilizing their current nextbike accounts. Rides are usually charged on a pay-as-you-ride foundation at £2 per 20 minutes or £30 per day.