A Shropshire charity is offering workers an eco-friendly option to get to work and back with their fleet of electric bikes.
The Wheels2Work scheme is also low-cost, a healthier option than using a car, says Shropshire Rural Communities Charity (RCC), which runs the initiative.
Shrewsbury care worker Jade Adams, who had previously struggled to commute to her job, says the scheme has been a game-changer for her.
“Quite honestly, this thing has changed my life,” says Jade.
The 30-year-old mother of three is enthusing about the battery-assisted pedal cycle that takes less effort to ride than a conventional bike – and, crucially, gives her the means to get to work and back each day.
“It just makes life a lot easier,” says Jade who lives in Longden Coleham.
A care worker with Battlefield Healthcare, Jade loves the e-bike so much that she is now planning to buy her own.
In the meantime, she is happy to be part of the Shropshire RCC scheme where people pay a modest weekly rate for use of the bike. The initiative is about helping those who would otherwise struggle to get to work due to a lack of public transport.
“It’s a fantastic scheme,” she says. “Before this, I just had to manage with taxis and walking everywhere. Well, in a taxi it costs me £12 to get to Bicton Heath and back. This e-bike has been a life-changer. I think Wheels2Work is brilliant. I’d be lost without my bike now.”
Jade – mum to two boys aged eight and nine and 15-month-old Dotty – says she and her partner Shane are both grateful to Shropshire RCC for providing her with the e-bike. “As a carer I work nights, I work mornings, I work evenings – whenever they need me, and this bike just allows me to get around so much more easily. In fact, I’m recommending Wheels2Work to a friend of mine now.”
Lindsey Stirton of the Wheels2Work project said: “We’re really delighted to be able to help people in this way. With public transport not always available – or perhaps not providing the answer because the specific routes or the timings aren’t right for an individual’s needs, this scheme can really help.
“Of course, e-bikes have the added advantages of keeping you fit – and being better for the planet than using cars.
“So, if you’ve been considering a healthier way of getting to and from work – and one that just happens to also be a low-cost, environmentally-friendly option – why not get in touch and talk about trying an e-bike?”
For more information, telephone 01743 237883 and ask for Lindsey – or email firstname.lastname@example.org