Cranbrook to get six electric Co Bikes this month

PUBLISHED: 17:15 10 September 2019 | UPDATED: 11:56 12 September 2019

In the foreground L-R Mark Hodgson, Cllr Stuart Hughes, Drew Mason of Grow Magazine, Steve Strang from Exeter College, Paul Nero, Radioi Exe. Picture: Co Bikes

In the foreground L-R Mark Hodgson, Cllr Stuart Hughes, Drew Mason of Grow Magazine, Steve Strang from Exeter College, Paul Nero, Radioi Exe. Picture: Co Bikes

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Electric bikes will be available for hire in Cranbrook later this month.

A Co Bikes station with docks for six bikes will be installed at the Younghayes Centre by the end of September.

The news was announced at County Hall in Exeter by the managing director of Co Bikes, Mark Hodgson, at a launch celebrating the arrival of 25 new electric bikes, to be deployed around the city.

He announced three new bike hiring points, two in Exeter, and the third in Cranbrook.

The chairman of Cranbrook Town Council, Les Bayliss, welcomed the news.

He said: "This initiative fits well with Cranbrook's 'healthy new town' ethos, and will hopefully encourage residents and visitors alike to explore the superb open spaces which Cranbrook has to offer."

Devon County Council secured funding from the Department for Transport and developer contributions from housing developments to improve infrastructure at existing Co Bikes sites and deliver the new ones.

Earlier this year it was announced that 20 of the electric bikes will be made available at Cranbrook railway station in 2020. These are being provided by South Western Railway.

The bikes will cost £1 to hire per 20 minutes, with a day rate of £24.

They can be returned to any hiring station in the Co Bikes network.

Anyone who downloads and registers to use the nextbike app between now and Monday, September 30 will be entered into a draw to win a year's free cycling using Co Bikes. There will be 10 runner-up prizes of a month's free cycling.

Mark Hodgson said: "Co Bikes are perfect the perfect solution for urban journeys, as riders can tackle the toughest of hills without breaking into a sweat. This means they are ideal for commuters, for getting to meetings, for running errands or simply just for fun."

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