A new bike hire scheme has been launched at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway (SLPEMG) to make it quicker and easier for employees of all the companies based on the 700-acre site to get around.
This free bike hire scheme, which is part of SEGRO’s commitment to sustainability, could be especially useful for employees commuting to the site using public transport as it will provide an alternative travel option to the onsite shuttle bus to complete the last leg of their journey.
Safety measures will be put in place to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 for those using the bicycles. These include making hand sanitizer available, advising all employees to wash their hands when arriving at work and daily cleaning of the bikes.
On arrival at the EMG bus interchange, you can simply unlock one of the bikes and cycle on the shared path along the length of the logistics park to reach each unit. The scheme is managed through an app called Donkey Republic, which is available for all Apple and Android devices. By having a single platform for staff to rent, unlock, and lock the bikes, the process is straightforward and does not require much planning ahead.
Employees working at SLPEMG can register onto the bike hire scheme using any email address and they have 30 minutes use of the bikes for free. After making their journey, the bikes should be returned and locked up in the cycle shelters at the building they work in or at the bike hub next to the public transport interchange.
Andrew Pilsworth, Business Unit Director of National Logistics at SEGRO said:
“The new bike hire scheme will make it possible for those employees travelling to East Midlands Gateway by public transport to complete the last part of their commute by bike.
“Encouraging more people to cycle within the site is also great for personal wellbeing and aligns with current government guidance on promoting active travel. We are proud to be working in partnership with Nottingham City Council and local cycling charity Ridewise, to deliver this scheme for employees.
The bikes provide an opportunity for people to add in a little bit of extra physical activity at the start or end of their day. We’re hopeful it will inspire people to consider cycling for other journeys and encourage a sustainable approach when travelling more widely.
We’re looking forward to seeing the scheme really take off…
For more information on the bike hire scheme, please click here
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