Here at HYPE Merseyside we are extremely proud of our HYPE Urban Bikes hire scheme, part of the Local Cycle Development Plan. The HYPE Urban Bikes hire scheme is designed to encourage more people to cycle to work and we want to tell you all about the concept. Our vision is to encourage more employees across Merseyside to cycle to work, which has a wider impact in so many ways!
The HYPE Urban Bikes hire scheme is a bicycle hire initiative which aims to benefit both individual bike users and the whole community, on several different levels. We make bike hire accessible, with reasonable price points of £30 per month for 6 months (£180) and £25 per month for 12 months (£300) of bike hire.
Cycling has a positive effect on both the cyclist and their community across many different areas, such as:
Exercise is hugely beneficial to mental health and it has been linked with significantly reducing stress – cycling outside in the fresh air is a great way to travel from A to B, while connecting with the surrounding environment and nourishing your mental wellbeing.
A study of 264,337 people found that cycling to work is linked with a 45% reduction in the risk of developing cancer and a 46% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, compared to commuting by car or public transport. Additionally, cycling improves cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and overall mobility – basically it keeps you fit and healthy in every possible way!
Cycling instead of driving is an easy way for people to contribute to the future of our planet at a grassroots level. If employees cycle to work, the business they work for then has a lower carbon footprint overall and road congestion is vastly reduced by the uptake of more people choosing to cycle. Reducing carbon emissions helps to lower air pollution and safeguard the environment for future generations.
The HYPE Urban Bikes hire scheme is great for employees and businesses alike, because healthier and happier employees are more productive in the workplace. In light of the COVID – 19 situation, another benefit of cycling is that it lowers the risk of contracting the virus – which aligns with the current guidance from the Department for Transport, who recommend cycling or walking when possible to minimise the chance of coming into contact with others.
Our city bikes come with all the features you would expect for your comfort and safety including gears, adjustable seat, lights, bell and lock. When you hire a bike from HUB we also provide fully comprehensive cover – which means that if any faults occur with your bike, we will replace the bike or fix the issue from our HUB Centre, within 24 hours.
As a Social Enterprise we invest all the funds generated by the HYPE Urban Bikes hire scheme into growing our enterprise, to help more people cycle.
With HUB, our profits go into increasing the training of our dedicated teams of volunteers and staff, with the goal of ensuring that our service continually improves and evolves.
Within the Liverpool city region, HYPE Urban Bikes are helping more people than ever to experience the enjoyment and freedom of cycling. We are expanding our youth projects in cycling too and our outreach HUBs are supported by our HUB hire scheme.
As a business owner, you can rest assured that HUB bikes will enable your staff to achieve better physical and mental wellbeing, whilst simultaneously helping a local social enterprise to grow its operations, which facilitates more young people and families across Merseyside to have a better life through cycling.
Safety on the roads is paramount for any cyclist and we provide two hours of training to everybody using our HYPE Urban Bike hire scheme, which covers basic cycling skills, road safety and how to identify the safest route from your workplace to your home. Our cycle training can be delivered as either a group session or on an individual basis.