Provide free, borrowable cargo bikes for students living on campus

Extra Information: 

Frenchay Campus is a 15-20 minute walk from Sainsbury’s and Lidl and a 20-25 minute walk to Asda.

The same journeys by bicycle take just over 5 minutes, with off-road cycle tracks available the entire way, and cycle parking available at each shop.

 

Many students don’t bring bikes to campus with them, so either walk these journeys, taking up a lot of time (40+ mins round trip), end up driving (some even getting an uber), or ordering shopping deliveries (with entailed increased on-campus traffic, air pollution, and carbon emissions).

 

Were cargo bikes available to borrow for students living on-campus, weekly shops would be easy to transport to-and-from accommodation, and this may even solve the issue of trollies being dumped around accommodation. This also encourages students to think differently about travel, and has added health benefits.

 

Many companies already offer cargo bike rentals, including electric cargo bikes from manufacturers such as bakfiets.nl and Urban Arrow. Allowing UWE students to use cargo bikes in this way will demonstrate UWE’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions consistent with UWE’s TravelSmart plan and goal to become carbon neutral by 2030. It will be sure to generate positive media attention for the University.

Actions Taken

  • This idea opened for voting on 2nd November and closed for voting on 30th November 2020.
  • Not enough students have voted on this Idea. This Idea has failed. It will go to the next Executive for review.

  • The Executive agreed to give this Idea a conditional pass and Student Council subsequently agreed to pass the Idea. It will now go to the Trustee Board to be scuritinised. 

  • November 2021:This Idea is now Students’ Union policy and has been sent to The Executive for work to begin.

Discuss

Rita Buehring
9:01am on 25 Nov 20 Would be so useful
Catherine Baker
5:52pm on 3 Nov 20 Borrowable cargo bikes is a great idea, but if they are free it's unsustainable. Very low cost + deposit scheme would be better.
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