Three new e-bike schemes have been launched as part of the Saffron Walden Clean Air Project, which aims to reduce pollution and encourage sustainable travel.

The schemes include Saffron Walden Bike Club, where people can rent an e-bike or pedal bike for up to six months at a subsidised rate to see if cycling is for them.

Payments can be made monthly with no deposit, and bikes can be delivered to home or work addresses.

Bikes can also be hired through App-Bike, which has a network of 35 bikes and e-bikes available at various locations.

Residents can download the app to sign up.

The final scheme is the 'OurBike' community e-cargo bike. Residents can hire the bike for making deliveries, transporting large goods or bringing their shopping back from the market.

This is Ourbike's first launch outside London, and the bike will be hosted by Waffle and Coffee in Market Walk.

A spokesperson said: "At OurBike, where community empowerment and sustainability are at the heart of what we do, we are thrilled to have Waffle and Coffee as our host.

"With such a warm and welcoming community, we have no doubt that the partnership will achieve great things."

An event was held in the town's Market Place on Tuesday, April 9 for residents to find out more about the schemes and try the bikes.

The session was hosted by Uttlesford District Council, with project partners from Active Cycling Projects, Our Bike and MP Smarter Travel.

Essex County Council also provided confidence-building cycling sessions and a 'bike doctor' service, where mechanics offered free cycle health checks and repairs.


More events will be coming up in May and June as part of the Saffron Walden Clean Air Project, with details to be released soon.

The project, funded by DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), aims to increase awareness about sources of air pollution by engaging with schools, businesses and communities.

So far schoolchildren have been discouraging drivers from idling and measuring pollution levels around the town, while Uttlesford District Council has been working to discourage log burners and open fires.