An eCycle is basically a bicycle with a battery pack and motor attached to provide a bit of oomph! Fantastic for cycling against the wind or up any of Edinburgh's fine hills, aiding overall ability and confidence. We've bought four of them at Edinburgh Napier to provide staff and students the chance to experiment with a bicycle, both for business and personal use, with no financial or other ties. The ultimate goal is to encourage more active and sustainable and forms of travel to and from the University, and in and around Edinburgh.
Using an eCycle
Here's an example case study: You currently drive to the University but you fancy cycling now and then but you don't really want to buy a bike before you test the route and figure out if cycling works for you. Here's another one: You do own a bike and regularly cycle to the University but use a taxi to travel intercampus because you're usually carrying various folders and heavy items. Both cases, experimenting with an eCycle could prove useful.
To begin, all users are provided with a one-to-one induction, covering all working elements of the bicycles in line with the risk assessment developed. If you're relatively new to cycling or if it's a long time since you've been on a bike, we offer training in partnership with local community partners. The overriding priority is that you feel safe on the bike.
Three eCycle films have been developed to help new and current users use the eCycles effectively and safely. They cover all aspects of the introduction, using all accessories and conducting an m-check before every journey. We also have a user guide and a quick reference guide can be found in each pannier.
Two locks are provided with each eCycle as standard. Users are also offered the use of a helmet, high visibility vest and either one or two panniers. Insurance is in place to cover both business and personal travel. You will be required to read and sign our User Agreement once you've completed your induction. Our eCycles can only be used by staff and students currently working or studying at Edinburgh Napier. If you're at a different institution in Edinburgh, use the hyperlinks below to contact your eCycle manager (eCycle operates city wide).
Contact eCycle@napier.ac.uk or call 0131 455 3747 for more information.
The eCycle project has been developed in partnership with Edinburgh College, Queen Margaret University, Scotland's Rural College, Transition Heriot-Watt and The University of Edinburgh. SEStran have generously provided £25,000 towards the project. All other finance was sourced through the six institutions involved. The team at Sustrans Scotland have also been a great support by providing valuable advice on the development of the scheme.
The eCycle project was officially launched by Alison Johnstone MSP, Jim Eadie MSP, Sarah Boyack MSP, representatives of the Cycling Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament as well as representatives from SEStran and representatives from all six institutions involved. Read the press release for more information.