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NHS Doctors get on their Co Bikes

by | Jun 4, 2021 | Co bikes, News | 0 comments

NHS Doctors get on their bikes for home visits thanks to Co Bikes

Co Bikes, part of the Co Cars group of shared mobility services, is helping NHS Doctors to travel more sustainably with use of e-bikes.

During June, NHS doctors from Pinhoe and Broadclyst Medical Practice have opted to leave their cars at home in favour of using Co Bike e-bikes for home visits and travel between practices.

Dr Emily Hay, GP registrar and Dr Harry Edwards, GP, together with eight other doctors from the surgery, are keen to look at alternative, carbon neutral ways to travel. With home visits on the rise and journeys often short, the practical and sustainable solution is to travel by bike.

 The GPs therefore approached Co Bikes about conducting a trial with surgery staff. Because the bikes are electrically assisted and make cycling a breeze, even uphill, GPs can arrive fresh and full of energy when traveling to home appointments.

Dr Emily Hay comments on the trial; “This is a fantastic opportunity for our practices and personally one that I’ve been looking forward to. I’ve been researching a number of low and zero carbon alternatives to the way we are doing things, and this is a huge step forward in achieving that. It’s also a great conversation point with patients, where we can encourage this type of activity for good mental and physical health”.

Co Bikes continue to offer a 50% discount to all NHS staff on their BikeRider 600 minutes bundle, which means staff will be able to continue using the bikes for less after the trial is completed.

Mark Hodgson, managing director of Co Bikes said; “We’re keen to support this trial at Pinhoe and Broadclyst Medical Practice and we’re confident it’ll be a huge success. Our e-bikes are the ideal zero carbon alternative to the car for short city trips, and it’ll be great to see doctors on their bikes and championing the NetZero movement”.

This unique e-bike trial has been made possible through funding provided from a Devon County Council and Department for Transport grant. This trial is part of a wider package of Active Travel measures that are being delivered across the County this summer.

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.

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