Neighbourhood police officers in Eastbourne have more pedal power thanks to a local initiative promoting more sustainable travel in the town.
East Sussex Wheels 2 Work, a not for profit company based in Eastbourne, which offers two-wheeled transport to people across East Sussex, have loaned three electric bikes to Eastbourne police for six months.
They have been supported by East Sussex County Council, through a local sustainable Transport Fund, and UK charity Sustrans which enables people to choose healthier cleaner and cheaper journeys.
Manager of East Sussex Wheels 2 work Ann France-Gardiner said, “We have been promoting the use of electric bikes since last summer as they are a fabulous piece of kit. It’s fantastic Sussex Police will be using them in the line of duty, hopefully this will encourage more of the public to use them as a mode of transport.
“An electric bike is like a normal bicycle with the addition of a rechargeable battery pack and an electric motor. The motor is there to ease the burden of pedalling, making it easier to go uphill or cycle into headwind, and it will help you cycle further, with less effort, than you could on a regular bicycle. They have three power modes Sport, Normal and Eco, depending on what level of assistance is required.”
Sustrans’ Harriet Knights said, “We have been working with police in Eastbourne to promote healthier and more sustainable travel to work schemes. This is a great example of an extension of such initiatives linking local organisations in support of this cause.”
Sergeant Julian Williams said, “These bikes will enable our officers to patrol more effectively particularly those who have to negotiate hills and whose beats are furthest away from their police station or patrol centre. I’m delighted we are also helping to promote more sustainable travel in the town. One bike will be used by town centre officers at Grove Road and the other two by officers based at Hammonds Drive.”