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London retailer launches free e-bike loan scheme for NHS workers

The initiative is being run by Fully Charged in partnership with industry suppliers and aims to offer an alternative to public transport during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Fully Charged will offer the e-bikes on a free three-month loan
Fully Charged will offer the e-bikes on a free three-month loan

Specialist London electric bike retailer Fully Charged is providing electric bikes to NHS workers in the UK capital during the coronavirus outbreak.

The initiative aims to minimise NHS workers’ disruption and chances of infection as they travel to and from work at London’s hospitals.

 

Partnership project

 

The first e-bike provider to partner in this project is Gocycle and Fully Charged is urging other cycling businesses to join the programme. Initially, more than 20 e-bikes are being made available on a three-month loan at no charge, with many more being added to the supply.


Fully Charged, which has sites in London Bridge and Silverstone, will be delivering the bikes to the NHS staff in London who sign-up to the scheme. Trained mechanics will assemble and conduct pre-delivery inspections on all ebikes prior to them going to their new temporary owners.

 

There is no obligation for them to remain in the scheme after three months and Fully Charged said that, depending on the situation, the loans may be extended.

“Bicycle stores have been excluded from the government’s list of mandatory closures amid the Covid-19 crisis,” said Dan Parsons, Fully Charged director of operations. “This is a reflection of the importance of cycling as a viable alternative to using public transport, as well as the benefits it offers to people’s health and wellbeing, particularly at a time of self-isolation and social distancing.”

 

“We hope NHS staff will seize the offer and, moreover, we are calling on the rest of the industry to help provide more support for doctors and nurses in this way.”

 

He continued: “With cycling exhibitions cancelled, many demo bikes are going unused. Fully Charged is grateful to our business partners for enabling us to get these eBikes into the hands of NHS workers for their use during such difficult times. We hope NHS staff will seize the offer and, moreover, we are calling on the rest of the industry to help provide more support for doctors and nurses in this way.


“With far less traffic above ground, and the reduced number of trains being made available, ebikes are probably the best solution for essential NHS workers to move around the city,” Richard Thorpe, Gocycle’s founder and designer. “The last thing frontline staff need after a long day saving lives is being confined within a crowded train carriage or bus or to be stuck standing in a long queue.”

 

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