The staff lending program at Curtin University has been underway for a year. the program allows staff to borrow an eBike for 2 weeks to encourage behaviour change in their commuting habits. The fleet includes standard bikes, folding bikes, a compact and a trike.
After 100 people had taken part in the program a survey was conducted of their experience. It showed that 95% of participants found the program gave them a positive view of eBikes and 15% went on to purchase or lease an eBike. It also interestingly showed that 32% of people were riding their own push bike more often after the trial.
Feedback received included to increase the lending period and to offer more variety of styles of bikes. The survey shows that the lending program seems like a small initiative but it is helping to change people's habits and views of riding a bike for transport.