Staff at The Lake District National Park Authority are being encouraged to get on their bikes to support their health and to reduce their carbon footprint.

 Following their new partnership with local electric bike provider, ease e ride Ltd, staff at the National Park now have access to two e-rides.

This allows staff to travel from the Kendal offices, and can be used for personal and work-related journeys. The idea is to encourage sustainable transport and improve health and wellbeing.

Ease e ride Ltd was launched in June 2023, offering e-bike rental from its base in Arnside and at Sizergh castle in collaboration with the National Trust.

It is now offering fully serviced fleet rental to local hospitality businesses and organisations looking to join the e-bike revolution without the commitment and management of ownership. 

 Mike Turner from ease e ride said: “We started ease e ride with a very simple mission ‘to increase the number of e-bike journeys and adventures in Morecambe Bay and South Lakes’ and so are absolutely delighted to have secured a partnership with the National Park Authority to enable their staff to easily access e-bikes as occasional alternatives to using their cars. E-bikes make cycling effortless and are a really enjoyable way to get around.”

Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park Authority, said: “Offering the use of free electric bikes to our staff is just one of the many ways we’re supporting our colleagues’ health and wellbeing, and also reducing our carbon footprint.

“Alongside our electric pool cars, biomass boiler and other carbon-cutting initiatives, we encourage staff to walk, cycle or find other ways to travel, but we know it’s not always possible.

“I’m pleased our trial with ease e ride will give sta1 the opportunity to cycle more, go further or enjoy a new way to get around.”

Ease e ride Ltd, who have recently been shortlisted for the Cumbria Tourism New Business of the Year award, are actively seeking any other organisations or businesses interested in their own small fleet of e-bikes for staff or customer use. 

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