Wheels put in motion to support electric bikes
7:10pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Latest News
EMPLOYEES at Nationwide House leapt on their bikes over lunchtime yesterday to try out a more eco-friendly way to travel.
Dozens tried out electric bicycles as part of its Cycling Awareness Day at the headquarters in Pipers Way ahead of plans to introduce the bikes for staff to use to get between the Swindon offices.
Nationwide has several offices in the town, with most of the inter-office travel between Nationwide House and Wakefield House, which are at opposite ends of Pipers Way and about one mile apart.
Currently Nationwide offers employees a shuttle bus service between the two, but the company plans to buy 20 battery powered bikes to give employees greater flexibility around their travel and promote the company’s green agenda.
Debra Bailey, Nationwide’s Group Services Director, said: “Nationwide has previously introduced a number of electric cars for employee use, and the electric bike project will be another step forward in the Society’s commitment to building a sustainable business.
“The project will benefit Nationwide employees who need to travel between our Swindon offices, providing them with greater flexibility in their work patterns.”
The bikes, which are available from Mitchells Cycles and E-Motion, are fixed with battery packs that can power the bicycle up to three times as fast as the cyclist pedals.
Charging costs 3p to 4p and can last up to 100 miles on flat and smooth terrain.
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