Ray Burr from charity Forth Environment Link.

Charity Forth Environment Link is offering NHS key workers free use of an electric bike during the Covid-19 crisis, allowing them to get to and from work and between hospital sites without using public transport.

The charity’s Active Travel Coordinator, Ray Burr said: “As the coronavirus situation continues, we’re looking to support the NHS in any way that we can. If you’re an NHS key worker in Forth Valley and feel that you would benefit from the use of an electric bike to help you get to work, or to help you with any aspect of your role locally, then please get in touch. We have a limited number of electric bikes in our e-bike lending library, but we’re more than happy to make them available to NHS staff during this challenging time free of charge.”

The free loan process will involve staff filling out a quick online request form using their NHS I.D. An electric bike will then be delivered to their home address, subject to availability.

The charity will be taking special care to protect the health of NHS and Forth Environment Link staff, as Ray explained: “We’ll clean the bike’s contact points (grips, saddle, gear shifter and brake levers) thoroughly prior to delivery and will use disposable gloves when handling the bike. We’ll arrange to deliver at a time when you are home and will ring you when we’ve unloaded the bike. We’ll be observing rules on social distancing so there won’t be any face to face contact, just a friendly wave from the van, and so you know how to use the bike, we’ll email you a short video on how it works and how to care for it.”

If you are an NHS key worker contact Ray on Ray@forthenvironmentlink.org for Falkirk enquiries or Emily on EmilyC@forthenvironmentlink.org for Stirling enquiries.