Stevenage launches new cycling scheme

It is part of the council’s aims to achieve net zero by 2030

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Stevenage Borough Council has launched a new cycling hire and buy scheme to push forward net zero aims and cut emissions.

The council estimates that 25% of commuter journeys could be made by bike and although 43% of adults in Hertfordshire own one, only 2% of trips are made with pedal power.

It explains that the town was built to accommodate for cycling, boasting a network of more than 25 miles, and that more people should make use of it.

The new ‘cycle to work’ scheme being launched is set to save up to 39% for buyers of a new bicycle and cut down the emissions of the town, of which transport is one of the heaviest contributors.

Councillor John Gardner said: “Stevenage benefits from an outstanding, purpose-built cycle infrastructure that connects you directly to many of the locations you need to travel to.

“It is an ideal way to convert many of your day-to-day vehicle journeys by vehicle to help reduce our town’s emissions. These are real alternatives to burning fossil fuels and adding to climate change.

“Cycling is a win-win for you and for Stevenage’s work to get to net zero by 2030.”