Get the pedal to the metal! Leicester’s new e-bike scheme is now available for all city residents

By Darnell James

Leicester’s electric bicycle share project has now opened to all city occupants.  

A limited preliminary offer will be accessible for a restricted period entitling people to a reduction in the expense of plan participation, as well as discounted use rates for each excursion taken.  

The plan, known as Santander Cycles Leicester, will see 500 electric bicycles accessible to people in 50 areas across Leicester’s downtown area.  

Bicycles have effectively showed up at on-road docking stations across the city as the plan has been running in a pilot stage since January.

Volunteers, formed of key workers from all over the city, have been aiding with testing the framework. Now, to coincide with the easing of lockdown restrictions to allow most retailers to re-open, Santander Cycles Leicester will be available to any individual who needs to use it.  

The £600,000 project is being supported by a partnership formed of Leicester City Council, following the board’s effective bid to the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities reserve, with sponsorship from Santander UK and extra venture from administrator Ride On and conveyance accomplice Enzen Global.  

To join the plan, individuals can enrol on the scheme’s website, buy an arrangement depending on their necessities and afterwards use a smartphone to unlock a bicycle and begin riding.

Day passes and participation tolls will be accessible to help individuals take advantage for their excursions around the city. To join, the preliminary plan will cost £1.20 for a 30-day plan, with enlist rates beginning at 60p for the first 30 minutes. 

Santander Cycles Leicester will cover the downtown area and encompassing areas of the city.

Excursions need to start and end at a docking station, with 15 of these now on roads and operational, with a further 35 not far off. Docking stations are accessible now at locales including Gallowtree Gate, De Montfort University, Dock and Leicester Railway Station. 

A full launch for Santander Cycles Leicester is being anticipated June.

Visit www.rideonleicester.com for more information on the scheme.

Victoria Park signs multiply in support of Sarah Everard movement

By Kira Gibson 

A sign on the gate in Victoria Park

Men have joined a public demonstration of support in Leicester for the nationwide Sarah Everard movement. 

A message has been added to a sign placed on a gate in Victoria Park a few weeks ago to support the movement with the latest addition condemning men and policemen who don’t protect or take women seriously. 

The man calls himself “a real man” and says that real men protect women instead of hurting them. 

The sign echoes messages from women across the country that state that men have been the aggressors and have often harassed or abused them in ways that changed their lives. 

Along with the sign from this man, there have been many other signs and flowers placed in the same area, paying respects to those who have been hurt, abused or killed in Leicester and across the country. 

A study by UN Women UK found that 97 per cent of women are abused or harassed in some way during their lives.

This display of support says it had been reposted, having previously been taken down once. 

Welford Road houses to be refurbished

By Kira Gibson

A planning application has been put in to turn a block of houses on Welford Road into student accommodation. 

The application is to turn the derelict 100 Welford Road into 58 student homes. 

Comments for the application were suggested and the end date for comments by the public was March 29. 

The plan is to demolish the derelict buildings, and then Prosol Enterprises LLP would build at least 58 student studios. 

The application warned that any names and addresses attached to comments would be compiled in a file which everyone could view as part of the application, however names and addresses would be excluded from the file being published on the Leicestershire Council website. 

If anyone would like to view the application, please go to https://planning.leicester.gov.uk/Planning/Display/20200936

The site of the proposed new student accommodation