Hutt at Heart

Council e-bike clocks up the smiles in first few months

Hutt City Council and Healthy Families Hutt Valley staff have been putting the pedal to the metal in illustrating the overwhelming benefits of a cheap, fast and healthy form of active travel.

In August this year a new e bike was bought to increase the sustainable, active transport options available to staff based at Pelorus Trust Sportshouse.

In just five months since the e bike arrived staff have clocked up more than 1200 kilometres (kms), biking an average of 60kms a week.

Healthy Families Hutt Valley Healthy City Design Lead Mark Shanks said the 13 cents it cost to fully charge the e bike for 40kms of travel worked out to a cost per kilometre of just 0.3 cents.

“Given the cost per km to fully charge the bike means it cost just $3.60 to cover the 1200kms staff have clocked up thus far, an amazingly low cost for such a significant amount of travel.”

Hutt City Council Sustainability and Resilience Manager Jörn Scherzer, said the cost of charging up the bike was a fraction of the cost of fuelling a typical car used by Council.

“If you are looking at the cost of fuel, then a conventional vehicle such as a Toyota Corolla may use about six litres of fuel per 100km, which works out to a cost of $13.20 per 100km, or 13 cents per km.

“So fuel-wise the cost per km is more than 43 times the cost of using the e bike.”

Mark said the bike was a far healthier and more environmentally friendly way to get around than a car.

“Also, with the help the rider gets from the electric motor the time it takes to get to your destination is often no longer than in a vehicle.”

Mark said the bike was ideal for the kinds of short trips that Council staff make, with a typical journey between Pelorus Trust Sports Park in Seaview and the Walter Nash Hub in Taita, a distance of 9 kms, taking just 20 minutes and costing just 2.7 cents.

“The low cost of the e bike combined with its significant usage helps to reinforce our reasons for advocating for the purchase of the bike in the first place.”

Imagine if organisations made e bikes a normal part of their fleet.

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