Gocycle has partnered with London e-bike specialists Fully Charged to provide their electric bikes to frontline NHS staff in the capital.
The fleet will give key NHS workers the option of a healthier and safer alternative to public transport for their daily commute to London’s hospitals.
Interested NHS staff are invited to get in touch with Fully Charged and other participating London dealers directly. Each Gocycle GS model will be available on a free-of-charge three-month loan and will be kitted out with commuting essentials such as lights, mudguards and a lock.
The two businesses hope other ebike brands and cycle dealers will join the initiative with it now being more crucial than ever to offer alternatives to crowded public transport.
Gocycle Founder & Designer Richard Thorpe said: “We’ve all seen the images of packed tubes in the capital in the last few days. With far less traffic above ground, and the reduced number of trains being made available, ebikes are probably the best solution for essential NHS workers to move around the city. The last thing frontline staff need after a long day saving lives is being confined within a crowded train carriage or bus or to be stuck standing in a long queue.”
“Bicycles are part of the solution, but tired legs will appreciate the benefits of an electric motor to assist them home with less effort. It’s a tough time for everyone being on lock down and very hard for small businesses everywhere. We really appreciate the chance to help London’s frontline NHS staff, however small our role might be.”
“It’s clear that cycling and electric bikes are more important than ever in keeping the nation moving. We urge other bicycle manufacturers and bike shops come together as an industry to help mobilise even more vital NHS staff.”
Leading London e-bike retailer Fully Charged, located in Bermondsey Street, will prepare the first delivery of NHS GS Gocycles and distribute them to interested parties in the capital.
Dan Parsons, Fully Charged Director of Operations, said: “With bicycle stores excluded from the government’s list of mandatory closers amid the COVID-19 crisis, we see this as recognition of the importance of cycling to the nation – a viable alternative to using public transport and for its hugely positive effects on health and well-being, especially during exercise whilst isolated.
We at Fully Charged remain open to support our Key Workers and strategic business clients, who’s eBikes and eCargo bikes are in more demand than ever in the vital roles that they are playing with deliveries.
With exhibitions cancelled and demo bikes going unused, Fully Charged aim to facilitate getting these into the hands of NHS workers for their use during difficult times – and I hope that this will inspire greater action from the industry.
Gocycle are our first partner in this project, but we look to increase the offering with more support from suppliers in due course as the cycle industry comes together to show our support for the NHS.”
Interested NHS workers and cycle industry businesses prepared to offer project support can are invited to register their interest with Fully Charged using the dedicated website https://promo.fullycharged.com/nhs-support