Co Bikes provides NetZero transport solution for Falmouth during G7 and beyond
Co Bikes, the South West’s largest, on demand, electric bike scheme, is bringing its shared e-bikes to Falmouth for G7 and beyond. Partnering with Cornwall Council and Falmouth Town Council, the e-bikes trial will start during week commencing 7th June and continue throughout the summer. Co Bikes e-bikes will initially be available to rent from The Moor in Falmouth, with additional locations to be announced in the coming weeks.
A successful trial could help pave the way to the creation of a full Co Bikes network that would cover both Falmouth and Penryn, helping both residents and visitors alike to move around both towns more sustainably. Co Bikes is currently running a short survey asking for feedback on how such a scheme could operate.
Cllr Philip Desmonde, Transport Portfolio Holder at Cornwall Council, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Co Bikes to Falmouth. The trial will help us understand how residents and visitors will use the bikes, giving us valuable information that will help us plan for a wider e-bike network.”
Sinead Hanks, Penryn Town Councillor and member of the Falmouth and Penryn Cycling Campaign, added: “Feedback so far on the survey has been incredibly positive, with 95% of respondents saying they’d like to see an e-bike network in place. Because the bikes are electric, they are ideal for tackling our two towns many hills, making them a great way for everyone to travel more sustainably. We’re really excited to welcome Co Bikes to Penryn if the trial in Falmouth is successful.”
Using Co Bikes is easy; new customers simply download the nextbike app and register for an account. To activate the account, customers make a £10 payment which is then used for their first Co Bikes trips, providing over 3 hours of cycling. Thereafter, it can cost as little as £2 an hour to hire a Co Bike if customers buy a discounted BikeRider minutes bundle.
Co Bikes sister company, Co Cars, already offers a car club scheme in Falmouth, with a shared hire car available from The Dell car park.
Mark Hodgson, managing director of Co Cars and Co Bikes, said: “We’re excited to develop our offering in Cornwall, with the Co Bikes pilot scheme complementing the Co Cars we already have in Falmouth and Truro. Use of our Exeter Co Bikes network grew by over 400 per cent across 2020 and, due to their popularity, this year alone we’re expanding that scheme to over 200 bikes. We’d love to see that success replicated in Falmouth and Penryn. I would urge anyone interested in the scheme to take a few minutes to complete the survey.”
Co Bikes is part of a shared mobility scheme operating in the South West, helping reduce congestion and pollution to make towns and cities better places to live, work and thrive. For more information, visit www.co-cars.co.uk and www.co-bikes.co.uk. The survey is available from https://bit.ly/CCFalPen.
Find out more about Co Bikes here.
Doctors get on their bikes for home visits thanks to Co Bikes
Co Bikes, part of the Co Cars group of shared mobility services, has announced the opening of a new electric bike station in St Thomas.
Co Bikes continues the roll out of its electric bike stations with its newest location in Cowick Street, close to St Thomas train station. This marks the sustainable travel business’s 18th installation and the first west of the river in Exeter, thanks to the support of Devon County Council.
St Thomas is the fifth new Co Bikes station launched this year. Other sites launched in 2021 include Princesshay Shopping Centre, IKEA, Sidwell Street and Exeter College’s Future Skills Centre near Exeter Airport. Further new sites will be announced soon.
Mark Hodgson, Managing Director of Co Cars, comments: “We’re delighted to bring Co Bikes to St Thomas, we know there’s been a huge demand of our iconic bikes in this area, and we’re pleased to be able to offer zero carbon transport for St Thomas residents and visitors. We all know that Fore Street is a steep hill to tackle, but with our electric bikes it’ll be a breeze.”
Use of the Co Bike network increased by over 400 per cent across 2020. The bikes are the ideal zero carbon alternative to the car for fast cross city trips.
Using a Co Bikes is easy, new customers need to download the nextbike app and register for an account. To activate the account, customers make a £10 payment which is then used for their first Co Bikes trips, providing over 3 hours of cycling. Thereafter, it costs as little as £2 an hour to hire a Co Bike if customers buy a discounted BikeRider minutes bundle.
The Co Bikes network is powered by nextbike, who operate shared bike schemes in 200 cities around the world. Co Bikes is also part of Co Cars, the car club for people, communities and businesses across Exeter and the South West. Together, the cars and bikes form an economical, equitable and sustainable network of shared transport options to help reduce our dependence on private car ownership.
Co Bikes are available to hire or return to St Thomas train station from 22 April 2021.
Find out more about Co Bikes here.