Cycle sharing flourishes in Randers

| March 2, 2015
Credit Municipality of Randers

A shared bicycle gets more people in the saddle. Photo: Municipality of Randers

It isn’t just car sharing that’s popular these days. In the southern part of Randers, employees at schools and businesses have become crazy for sharing electric bicycles, which has got more people in the saddle.

By Britt Møller, Municipality of Randers

A shared bicycle gets more people in the saddle
At the school, Søndermarkskolen, 12 teachers over the course of a year have shared one bicycle both in and out of working hours. The school is part of a project which will attempt to get more inhabitants of the southern part of Randers to choose two-wheeled transportation. That’s why the school has borrowed an electric bicycle from the project that their employees use for a week at a time.

“There’s a demand for the bicycles here at the school, because it’s a relief that it feels like you have the wind in your back going up a hill to and from school,” says Steffen Rasmussen, teacher at Søndermarkskolen, who sits in his saddle for 18 km every day.

The bicycle is also used by employees for meetings outside of the school’s working day. According to school principal Peter Nellemann, the school is contemplating getting an electric bicycle for the spring, when the bicycle is due to be returned to the Municipality of Randers.

“The shared bike is a success at the school. It improves health and encourages colleagues to jump in the saddle. At the same time, fewer employees are using their cars to get to work, so the school is wondering whether to invest in an electric bicycle in the future,” explains Peter Nellemann.

There is also a demand for electric bicycles at the three workplaces involved in the project. They have each borrowed two electric bicycles for their employees to share. At one of the businesses, Lemvigh Müller, salesperson Stine Lejel is responsible for the electric bikes. She checks that everyone who borrows a bicycle notes down the kilometres and the route in a log book that comes with the bicycle. The bicycles were shared by 14 employees in 2014.

“It has been an exciting project and has without doubt lead to more colleagues cycling to and from work,” explains Stine Lejel. She used to borrow the bicycle herself at the beginning of the year and became so hooked on the fast trips up the hill that she bought her own electric bicycle.

“When you borrow an electric bicycle for a while, you have the chance to see if you can manage the cycle to work. It has meant that several of my colleagues that didn’t cycle before have now jumped in the saddle,” says Stine Lejel.

E-bike share, Credit Municipality of Randers

Steffen Rasmussen on the shared e-bike. Photo: Municipality of Randers

Facts about electric bicycles

Five schools, three businesses and one institution in the southern part of Randers have borrowed electric bicycles in connection with project in 2014.
Schools and workplaces are borrowing the bicycles through to spring 2015 when the bicycles will be moved on to a new cycle project in three towns in Randers district. The schools have borrowed one electric bicycle each, whilst the businesses have borrowed two.
The participants at the school borrowed the bicycles in March 2014. By November 2014, each school will have cycled 1,200 kilometres. On average, each participant has cycled 170 km.
The participants from the businesses and school cycled 2,835 km in total. On average, that is 421 km per participant.

Other projects in Randers district

  • Establishing an open pedestrian tunnel and a new cycle lane.
  • In June 2014, Jutland’s longest MTB track opened in Romalt Bakker.
  • In May 2014, the “We cycle to school” campaign was launched in five districts in the sourthern part of Randers.
  • A campaign via an app was launched at three businesses and two further education institutions.
  • The availability of electric bikes and mountain bikes at the three businesses, an institution and five schools, along with free spinning and employee health checks.

 

Translation by Caroline Rutter

Category: Commuting, March 2015

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