The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted all of us in challenging and unexpected ways. The upheaval on our social lives, work routines and childcare would have been inconceivable just a few months ago. Uncertainty, confinement and inability to visit loved ones are all having impacts on our mental health. These are difficult and unprecedented times.
While the majority of the population remain confined to their homes, key workers continue to lead the fight against the virus. Front line NHS staff, government officials, viral researchers and food chain suppliers all play a critical role in saving lives. It is essential to society as a whole that these individuals are protected as best as possible.
Over recent weeks, the number of people using the TFL network has plummeted by over 90%. Reduced services continue to operate as a means of transport for key workers. By definition, public transport is far from ideal when trying to contain a viral outbreak. With no alternative forms of transport for some, there is little choice but to continue the service and mitigate as best as possible. New micro-mobility technology could help to alleviate some of this pressure.
At DASH, we have always been passionate about e-bikes and given the current circumstances, we believe this mode of transport is more important than ever. Cycling allows people to reduce their risk of infection by enabling them to avoid public transport networks. While it has always been an efficient method of travel, particularly in cities, it is now also one of the safest. One of the few positive consequences of the pandemic is cleaner air and city streets that are no longer choked with traffic, making the experience more enjoyable and providing a needed boost to mental well-being.
As a proud British company, we are keen to help the current situation and make a difference. To aid the fight of COVID-19, DASH is in the process of making a large number of our cargo e-bikes and folding bikes/e-bikes available to organisations directly involved in the response efforts. These vehicles will be provided completely free of charge and have the potential to make a real impact.
DASH is a provider of flexible e-bike subscriptions that deliver all the benefits of usership without all the hassles of ownership. These subscriptions can be delivered in innovative and tax-efficient ways to suit your purposes. This helps employers and employees lower their transport costs, increase productivity and improve sustainability.