Public servants in the ACT may soon be using e-bikes to get between meetings, following the announcement of a new ACT government initiative to promote sustainable and active transport.
The trial, announced by ACT environment and climate change minister Simon Corbell and assistant health minister Meegan Fitzharris last week, is designed to replace work travel that would otherwise be taken by motorised means.
“E-bikes will be made available to ACT government staff as an option to replace trips that would otherwise be carried out by cars or taxis,” Mr Corbell said.
“This is another innovative initiative by the ACT Government to help reduce costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase efficiency – and will help to ensure Canberra reaches its goal of being carbon neutral.”
Under the trial eight e-bikes will be available at locations on the Northbourne-Civic corridor where a high number of short trips between government offices is expected to occur.
“Not only will e-bikes help to reduce Canberra’s greenhouse gas emissions, they will reduce transport related costs including taxi fares, car parking and fleet car running costs,” Mr Corbell said.
There are also expected to be health advantages to the more active form of transport.
“E-bikes are relatively easy to use and will enable ACT government employees of all ages and fitness levels to give a bike a go when travelling to and from meetings or appointments,” Ms Fitzharris said.
“Active travel can be a quicker and more convenient form of transport for short trips, removing the hassle of trying to hail a taxi or find a car park, and is also a great way to incorporate some physical activity into each day.”
She said that a recent visit from Netherlands transport expert Professor Serge Hoogendoorn provided the key message that workers were happy to cycle when appropriate infrastructure was made available.
The e-bikes forms part of the ACT Government’s Healthy Weight Initiative.