Brookes launches staff e-bike scheme in latest sustainable travel initiative

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Transport Services

As part of Bike Week 2016, Oxford Brookes University launched a new electric bike (e-bike) scheme for members of staff today (14 June).

The University’s latest sustainable travel initiative will see ten e-bikes made available for staff to use for free when travelling between the University’s Oxford campuses (Headington Campus, Marston Road site, Harcourt Hill Campus and Wheatley Campus).

Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Julie McLeod said: “At Oxford Brookes, we are aiming to have a culture of sustainable travel embedded throughout the University and improve the health of staff and students by encouraging active travel.

Our staff frequently move between the different campuses, whether it is for meetings, teaching or an event, and the e-bikes will provide an alternative and sustainable means of travel.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Julie McLeod, Oxford Brookes University

“Our staff frequently move between the different campuses, whether it is for meetings, teaching or an event, and the e-bikes will provide an alternative and sustainable means of travel.” 

The e-bikes have been donated by the cycle BOOM research project led by Dr Tim Jones at Oxford Brookes. Cycle BOOM is a three-year study, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which investigates cycling among the older population and how this affects independence, health and wellbeing. 

The study, which concludes in September 2016, ultimately aims to advise government policy makers and practitioners (e.g. planners, architects, engineers and designers) how environments and technology can be designed to help people to continue cycling in older age or to reconnect with cycling.  

The e-bike scheme will compliment other initiatives available to staff and students such as the free Bike Doctor service, the Cyclescheme, Oxonbike bike hire, Brompton folding bike hire, cyclists expenses claim,  BROOKESkey bus discounts, interest-free loans for travel tickets and NUS Extra card and easitCARD discounts. More details about sustainable travel at Oxford Brookes can be found on the Transport webpages.