Halfords is offering rail commuters affected by this week’s rail disruption free use of an e-bike to get to work.
More than 40,000 railway workers who are members of the RMT union are staging a one-day strike today, July 27, and around 5,500 train drivers are expected to strike on Saturday July 30.
Halfords launched a nationwide e-bike trial program in October 2021 in its UK stores, offering customers the chance to try an e-bike free for six hours. Now, the company is committed to offering any rail traveler with a valid subscription one of its loaner e-bikes on July 27 and 30 while the rail disruption is ongoing.
E-bikes will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and are also subject to a limited trial e-bike stock.
Commuters can enter their postcode into the Halfords e-bike trial search engine to check if their local store offers e-bike trials. He must then call or go to the store to check the availability of a bike and reserve it. A deposit of £101 will be taken when collecting the bike, which will be fully refunded when the bike is returned.
Brompton Bike Hire has also announced that it is once again offering free bike hire during the strike period. Customers will be able to get five days free rental from July 27-31 using code STRIKE, then rental is £5 a day thereafter.
Riders need to download the app and register their details, click on the settings button in the top right and enter the Strike promo code, and the credit will then be added to their account.
Brompton Bike hire can be used as a longer trial, with a hire fee of up to £150 redeemable against the purchase of a brand new one Brompton.
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Halfords director of cycling Paul Tomlinson said: “In June millions of commuters faced travel misery as a result of the rail disruption, which we saw making headlines. With the strikes scheduled for this week, we know this will cause significant problems for many, especially those who do not have the privilege of working from home.
“Once again, we are stepping up our efforts to offer our trial e-bikes to rail commuters who will be affected by rail disruption this week. Available for loan at 297 stores, our e-bikes will be available nationwide on a first-come, first-served basis. Electric bikes are not only fun, fast and easy to use, they can also take you places you’ve never been before.
“The popularity of e-bikes has grown steadily over the past few years, providing a great alternative to traditional everyday methods of transportation – riders of all ages can tackle more challenging journeys, get to more places at a faster speed with less effort, putting the fun back into regular trips.