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Co Bikes announces partnership with Great Western Railway

L-R John Vessey, Co Bikes, Helen Scholes, Co Bikes, Joanne Hake, Great Western Railway, Luke Farley, Great Western Railway

Co Bikes, the on demand electric bike hire scheme in Exeter, has announced its latest partnership with Great Western Railway (GWR).

Ten Co Bikes now feature specially commissioned GWR branding, highlighting that rail passengers in Exeter can start or finish their journeys using the bike hire scheme. The 12-month sponsorship builds on GWR’s introduction of station signage and audio announcements at St David’s alongside on-board information alerting passengers to the availability of e-bike hire upon arrival.

As Exeter approaches its Net Zero 2030 target, promoting integrated, sustainable transport solutions has never been more important. In 2022, almost a quarter of Co Bikes trips either started or finished at a train station with Exeter St David’s alone seeing around 22,000 rentals and returns.

Luke Farley, Transport Integration Manager at Great Western Railway, said: “GWR is committed to sustainable integrated transport. We want our customers’ whole journey to be as smooth as possible, whether they are walking, using the bus, or using a bike.  Our ongoing partnership with Co Bikes now means we can link rail to electric bikes in Exeter, and we are now looking at how we can extend that to other GWR stations.”

Helen Scholes, Partnerships Manager for Co Bikes comments; “Electric bike share, and rail are the perfect combination, enabling passengers to get to and from their station of choice quickly, easily, and sustainably. By collaborating with Great Western Railway, we hope we can encourage even more people to make the connection between rail and bike, making their journeys even cleaner and greener.”

To find out more about Co Bikes, including advertising on the bikes, visit www.co-bikes.co.uk or contact Helen Scholes, Marketing and Partnerships Manager; [email protected].