Exeter launches city bike scheme

The BBC reports that the UK’s first city-wide electric bike scheme has been launched in Exeter.

The ‘Co-bikes’ are currently available from five sites in Exeter with the aim of eight hubs around the city by spring 2017. The initiative has been launched with support from Department of Transport, while Devon County Council has helped to fund the scheme.

Mark Hodgson, managing director of Co-bikes, said, ‘The Co-bikes electric bikes are changing the way that people travel around the city and are affordable and easy as well as being great fun to ride.’

The bikes have small electric motors which can travel distances of between 40 and 60 miles, and allow speeds of up to 15mph.