Powered-up fitness bikes coming to town

PUBLISHED: 06:30 09 July 2015

Image of the proposed exercise bikes for Exmouth seafront.

Image of the proposed exercise bikes for Exmouth seafront.

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Visitors to Exmouth seafront will be able to keep fit and charge their phones at the same time, thanks to the installation of new exercise bikes.

The static outdoor ‘dynamo’ bikes will be placed in the sunken gardens next to The Pavilion - and will be free to use.

By pedalling, users will generate electricity and can power mobile phones if a charger lead is provided.

Exmouth Town Council, East Devon District Council and local artist Roger Gibson have worked together to bring the £30,000 bikes, complete with a shelter, to the town, paid for with part of £150,000 in Section 106 funding provided by developers.

In a public vote, Roger’s idea for the bikes was selected as a way to spend the cash.

Other Section 106 projects in the town include outdoor gym equipment in Phear Park and, on the seafront, a contribution towards the multi-use games area and refurbished tennis courts in Phear Park, improvements to the Phear Park skate park, a multi-use games area in Littleham and seafront outdoor showers.

Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “I am really pleased that East Devon could promote exercise by helping make this happen. As a council, we chose to involve the community in spending this money, which the vast majority of other local authorities don’t do.

“It’s great that it is used to fund what the community really wants. I am looking forward to having a go on the bikes and charging my phone at the same time!”

Councillor Alison Greenhalgh and Councillor Bill Nash, who are part of the Exmouth town councillors’ group involved with the projects, added: “This was a challenging, but exciting project and we are pleased that residents and visitors to Exmouth will now be able to exercise and charge their mobile phones for free.”

The bikes will be officially unveiled on July 31.


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