Around a third of households in Greater Manchester don’t have a car, and there are times when those that do find that it’s ‘double-booked’. The RAC Foundation also estimates that cars are only driven for one hour a day on average.
For trips where public transport isn’t the ideal choice – the weekly big shop, a day out with the family off the beaten track, or a longer-distance journey – we think our new eHUBS trial may be the answer.
This summer, we’re launching eHUBS in Bury town centre, Prestwich, Chorlton, Whalley Range and Ancoats. The hubs will offer a range of affordable ways to hire eCargo bikes and electric car club vehicles quickly and easily.
Funded by Interreg North-West Europe, we hope the pilot project will be popular with all sorts of people, and will show how electric cargo bikes and car clubs can help keep Greater Manchester moving safely and sustainably.
Read on for more info on the eCargo bikes and eCar Club schemes, and watch this space for news of the launch.
Join the (eCar) Club
We know that riding a bike or using public transport isn’t right for every journey. If you don’t have access to a car but need to go further afield from time to time, and don’t fancy the expense and inflexibility of standard car rental, joining an eCar club is the smart thing to do. We’ve teamed up with Enterprise so from this August you’ll be able pick up an electric car from one of our eHUBS.
You’ll just need to make a reservation on the Enterprise app, online or by phone. You can book well in advance or at the last minute. Either way, you’ll be on the road in no time. You can rent a car for just half an hour or longer - it's up to you. When you’re done, drop it off from where you picked it up at the eHUB.
Before the eHUBS eCar Club goes live, you can get a feel for how the club will work from Enterprise’s Car Club page.
eCargo bikes are great for when you need that little bit of extra space on board. Whether you need to drop the kids off at school, take some big parcels to the post office, or fancy a trip to the park, an eCargo bike is an easy, fun way to get around.
Cargoroo, a European Startup Prize silver winner, will launch its successful hire scheme in Manchester from this August - a first for the UK. 25 eCargo bikes will be available to hire in Chorlton, Whalley Range and Ancoats. In the meantime, take a look at Cargoroo in action in the Netherlands.
Our eHUBS trial is supported by: