FLIT boosts Camcycle’s community reach with refurbished e-bikes

Roxanne from Camcycle and Alex from FLIT with the refurbished e-bikes

Camcycle’s campaign to increase active travel across Cambridgeshire has been given a boost this week with the collection of two refurbished e-bikes from local engineering company FLIT. The cycles have been purchased for Camcycle by a generous donor who wants to help the charity increase its reach and impact.

FLIT specialises in lightweight folding ebikes tailored for urban commuters. The company’s design, engineering, assembly, and refurbishment operations are all based in Cambridge. Following the success of its FLIT-16 model, which sold out in 2022, FLIT has launched a new ebike, the FLIT M2, and been refurbishing pre-owned FLIT-16s to extend their lifecycle and offer affordable options to new riders.

Camcycle’s work to help create thriving and sustainable places through more, better and safer cycling has expanded in recent years to include more work with partners in districts across Cambridgeshire. For example, through its Zero Carbon Streets campaign, the charity supports local campaigns, community groups and parish councils to work for improved walking and cycling facilities in their neighbourhoods, helping to give local people a better choice of sustainable transport options. Work on this project includes walking and cycling tours with local people, attendance of meetings and site visits to assess potential infrastructure solutions.

Camcycle has always encouraged its staff to cycle and use public transport for work journeys and the folding e-bikes will make trips that integrate the two travel modes easier and more convenient. The team is looking forward to using them for their next trips to visit Fenland Parent Power campaigners based in March and to attend the county council’s Highways & Transport Committee in Alconbury, Huntingdonshire.

Alex Murray, Managing Director of FLIT, said:

FLIT is pleased to support Camcycle in furthering our shared goal of promoting cycling as a sustainable mode of transportation. We like to think of our lightweight folding ebikes as the cycle equivalent of a Swiss army knife: helping you to get where you need to go and then tucking away once you’re there. We are proud that these bikes are helping to support Camcycle’s advocacy. It’s even better that we can do it with refurbished bikes. A lot of effort goes into building ebikes, so making sure that they stay on the road for as long as possible is important to us.”

Roxanne De Beaux, CEO of Camcycle, said:

The electric folding bikes from Flit will enable our growing team of staff and volunteers to combine cycling with bus and train journeys so that we can reach more communities in our region. They will also be very useful when we travel to conferences and meetings in other cities to share and enhance our knowledge and experience. The electric boost will make our journeys smoother and will be great fun too.”

Camcycle is grateful to all donors and supporters of its work and welcomes expressions of interest from any corporate or individuals who would like to find out more about getting involved in the charity’s campaigns. This week, between noon Thursday 18 April and noon on Thursday 25 April, it is participating with other environmental charities in the national Big Give Green Match Fund. During this time, donations made to the Zero Carbon Streets project via the Big Give will be doubled. Find out more and double your gift at camcycle.org.uk/BigGreenGive2024.

FLIT’s latest model, the FLIT M2 is its lightest, most compact folding bike yet, weighing just 14kg. Find out more and pre-order at flit.bike/m2