Transport going green in the valley

The electric Chevrolet Volt and TREK bike which people can hire
The electric Chevrolet Volt and TREK bike which people can hire

The Upper Calder Valley is leading the way in alternative transport with residents having access to an electric car and bikes.

The Alternative Technology Centre (ATC) and the Hour Car Scheme - both based in Hebden Bridge - are driving forward the project.

The new “Electric Valley” initiative means residents can hire out an electric bike or car and travel around the valley in an eco-friendly way.

Polly Webber from the ATC, said: “Everybody who takes one of these bikes out, comes back with a smile on their face. We are really excited at being able to offer this service to the public – residents and visitors alike – and we are working with local tourist attractions.”

The car is a £30,000 Chevrolet Volt and joins the car share scheme’s five-strong fleet.

The bikes are top of the range TREKs and have motors and batteries, which provide a boost to your own pedal power, so you can ride further, faster, and with less effort.

Funding for both projects came from the Big Lottery Fund and West Yorkshire Metro, while Hebden Royd Town Council contributed towards the bike and Hour Car itself put some money towards the car.

They have been showcased in St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge, and both received a positive reaction from the public.

Kevin Hogan, from Hour Car, said: “Everybody thinks it’s an amazing car. It is very popular and I think we need another 10 members to make it pay for itself. We’re well on our way to that.”

For more information contact Polly on 01422 842121 or email polly@alternativetechnology.org.uk, or contact Kevin on 01422 847971 or email info@hourcar.org.uk.