Residents in Hook Norton can now benefit from a collection of electric bikes as a village group continue to look at ways to reduce its carbon footprint.
A launch event by Hook Norton Low Carbon Ltd was held at the primary school on Saturday and the scheme was funded through a grant from the Department of Transport. The bikes will be charged at a depot at the school which also has solar panels on its roof.
Tim Lunel, company secretary at Hook Norton Low Carbon Ltd, said: “The bikes are free for the community to use and have got a range of about 70 miles. As a village we are surrounded by three hills so it will allow people to enjoy the countryside but there are also settings to make riders get up these hills without really pedalling at all.
“We’ve got a lot of support from the village and hope to add to the collection of bikes in the future.”
Hook Norton Low Carbon Ltd was formed back in 2010 and started off with a grant of £400,000 from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. They also run three diesel cars and an electric car for the community and Mr Lunel added the group will put two bikes at the Co-operative store in Chipping Norton.
The group now has 270 members and are continuing to look for new people to join for only £1. For more information about their projects visit www.hn-lc.org.uk