Residents may have seen that HumanForest e-bikes have now arrived on the streets of Merton.
The shared, dockless e-bikes are part of Merton Council’s support for active travel, making cycling accessible to more people as well as helping to clean up the air we breathe.
Residents can use the bikes for 10 minutes of free cycling each day, with more minutes available using HumanForest’s Treecoin loyalty programme.
To make sure that bikes don’t cause obstructions to pedestrians or vehicles, the Council has worked together with HumanForest to designate virtual Green Bays across the Borough where the e-bikes should be parked.
You can find the location of the Green Bays using the HumanForest website or the app, which can be downloaded here: https://www.humanforest.co.uk/locations
Abandoning an e-bike outside a Green Bay will result in a penalty fine. If residents see abandoned bikes, details of how to report them can be found on the website here: https://www.merton.gov.uk/streets-parking-transport/cycling/hired-parking
Council Leader Councillor Ross Garrod said, ”It is great to see HumanForest e-bikes arriving in Merton – they are a great way to get around easily and affordably, especially with the 10 minutes free travel residents can use each day.”
Cabinet Member for Transport Councillor Stephen Alambritis said, “The arrival of the e-bikes in Merton will support residents to improve their health and wellbeing through active transport –and cleaning up the air we breathe at the same time.
“With green bays already established across the Borough, and more to come, getting around Merton is becoming cheaper, easier and healthier.”
Will Jansen, HumanForest Head of Operations, said “Our recent expansion into Merton holds exciting potential, offering residents a sustainable transport option that directly addresses issues surrounding traffic congestion and air quality.
“We’ve already been seeing really strong demand across the borough, particularly in densely populated areas such as Wimbledon and Mitcham, and expect to see that continue to rise throughout the summer months.”
HumanForest is London’s most affordable and environmentally sustainable micro-mobility platform. Founded by Agustin Guilisasti, ex-Cabify alongside co-founders, Caroline Seton and Michael Stewart, HumanForest has completed almost two million rides and saved 250 tonnes of CO2 being emitted into London’s air since the ride sharing App launched in October 2021. HumanForest’s operations are zero emission and it is one of just two micro-mobility companies globally to have B Corp accreditation.