Santander cycle hire launches ‘Zero Emissions’ project

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Santander bikes - photo credit: Katie Weston

The Santander cycle scheme is launching a Zero Emissions Network project to encourage emission-free travel, with Hackney as one of the boroughs targeted for better air quality.

The initiative offers fifty per cent off yearly cycle hire memberships, reducing the cost to £45, while also providing free bike maintenance, ‘Fix Your Bike’ courses and cycle safety seminars.

Tower Hamlets and Islington are also included in the scheme.

Road transport is the main cause of air pollution in London, particularly diesel vehicles, according to Hackney Council’s website.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan awarded Homerton Hospital Trust and Hackney Council £130,000 last month, with the aim of creating a Business Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN).

Besides introducing more cycle parking at the hospital, the fund will also help to improve walking routes to Hackney Central and Homerton stations.

Helen McGlead, Project Officer for the Zero Emissions Project (ZEN), said: “Our project is aimed at encouraging local businesses and residents in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington to change the way they travel and to lower their emissions.

“We are able to do this by offering free and subsidised measures to enable people to make the mode shift to emission free travel. The scheme is great for short trips, especially if you do not own a bike.”

Jamie Kirkham, co-owner of SBC cycles, an independent bike shop a stone’s throw from Old Street, said: “I think any incentive that will encourage more people to take up cycling in London is a fantastic idea, reducing emissions and encouraging a healthy active lifestyle while at the same time raising people’s awareness of shared road use.

“I also feel it’s beneficial for the growth of support for independent bike shops.”

The project gives users unlimited bike access for a year, with the first 30 minutes of each journey free. To request a code, email zen@hackney.gov.uk

is launching a Zero Emissions Network project to encourage emission-free travel, with Hackney as one of the boroughs targeted for better air quality.

The initiative offers fifty per cent off yearly cycle hire memberships, reducing the cost to £45, while also providing free bike maintenance, ‘Fix Your Bike’ courses and cycle safety seminars.

Tower Hamlets and Islington are also included in the scheme.

Road transport is the main cause of air pollution in London, particularly diesel vehicles, according to Hackney Council’s website.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan awarded Homerton Hospital Trust and Hackney Council £130,000 last month, with the aim of creating a Business Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN).

Besides introducing more cycle parking at the hospital, the fund will also help to improve walking routes to Hackney Central and Homerton stations.

Helen McGlead, Project Officer for the Zero Emissions Project (ZEN), said: “Our project is aimed at encouraging local businesses and residents in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington to change the way they travel and to lower their emissions.

“We are able to do this by offering free and subsidised measures to enable people to make the mode shift to emission free travel. The scheme is great for short trips, especially if you do not own a bike.”

Jamie Kirkham, co-owner of SBC cycles, an independent bike shop a stone’s throw from Old Street, said: “I think any incentive that will encourage more people to take up cycling in London is a fantastic idea, reducing emissions and encouraging a healthy active lifestyle while at the same time raising people’s awareness of shared road use.

“I also feel it’s beneficial for the growth of support for independent bike shops.”

The project gives users unlimited bike access for a year, with the first 30 minutes of each journey free. To request a code, email zen@hackney.gov.uk