Merton Council and e-bike operator HumanForest have today agreed to expand e-bikes into Merton.
The agreement is part of the Council’s support for more active travel, making cycling accessible to more people, and will help residents avoid CO2 emissions.
The partnership will offer residents the opportunity to use the HumanForest bikes for 10 minutes of free cycling each day, with more minutes available using HumanForest’s Treecoin loyalty programme.
The scheme will launch early in the New Year and once fully implemented, riders will park in virtual Green Bays, promoting mindful rider behaviour and avoiding obstructed pavements.
Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said, “I’m extremely pleased we are able to announce our partnership with HumanForest today.
“Promoting active transport among residents is key to improving health and wellbeing, as well as helping reduce CO2 emissions. We were impressed with HumanForest’s commitment to affordability and sustainability, and look forward to working together to help residents switch to greener, more active forms of transport.”
Council Leader Councillor Ross Garrod said, ”I’m delighted we’re working with HumanForest. This initiative will offer Merton residents access to more active, sustainable and affordable ways to get to work or meet up with friends and family – and I’m looking forward to trying out one of the e-bikes myself in the New Year!”
Caroline Seton, co-founder at HumanForest, added: “We are delighted to partner with Merton Council to introduce our sustainable and affordable e-bikes to residents next month. With 10 minutes free riding daily, we hope HumanForest will be the catalyst for residents to add cycling to their commute or take it up for the first time.”