An electric bike hire scheme introduced by Go Smarter - Tyne and Wear’s sustainable transport programme – continues to encourage people to take up the challenge of cycling to work.
Paul Malyan, a project worker at the NHS in Blaydon, is the latest person to be motivated to cycle to work, after taking part in a month-long e-bike trial with Go Smarter.
Paul, who lives in Wallsend and cycles the hour-long journey to his offices in Blaydon, believes more people should consider cycling to work because of the huge advantages it brings.
“The health benefits alone make cycling to work such a positive experience. It’s a great way to start the day and removes all the stress that comes with driving into work,” said Paul.
“There are no traffic jams or issues finding a parking space, I can enjoy a really peaceful and pleasant journey to work.”
After a long day at the office, Paul has found the additional pedal power offered by an e-bike really helps him complete his ten mile journey home. It’s improved his overall fitness and as a result Paul will be purchasing his own bike when his e-bike loan with Go Smarter comes to a close in November.
“I’ve found cycling to work to be so much easier than driving. It’s more economical as I’m not spending money on fuel and parking and I’m also doing my bit for the environment by reducing my carbon footprint. My offices provide a sheltered, lockable bike shed so I know my bike will be safe during the day.
“I definitely think more people should consider trying some of Go Smarter’s cycle to work schemes. It’s made a huge difference to my commute and my general well being.”
Go Smarter to Work delivery manager Peter Henson said: “Paul has become a great ambassador for Go Smarter and sustainable travel. His experience of working with us means he now cycles to work everyday and he’s planning to buy a bike of his own which is fantastic news.
“Go Smarter is all about supporting people to use more sustainable transport. As well as providing lots of health and environmental benefits, sustainable travel also helps the regional economy by relieving congestion on the roads.”