WINCHESTER and Chandler's Ford MP visited Condor Office Solutions to view a "fantastic" new cycling scheme in action.

Following a grant from Southampton City Council, the Chandler's Ford-based company has purchased two electric bikes (e-bikes).

Steve Brine and local borough councillor Margaret Atkinson were keen to hear more and try them out.

Mr Brine said: “This is such a no-brainer and Condor have really embraced it as well as integrating it into their business model for short local journeys making the most of a government scheme delivered through the local council.

"With councils across the country declaring climate emergencies, this could play an important part in reducing short car journeys and the borough playing in part in getting to net zero carbon.

"It’s also tremendous fun and more cycling, for health reasons as well as traffic and air quality, is a fine end in itself if you ask me."

Those who work at Condor use the bikes to cut out short journeys they would usually do by car, such as local deliveries, visiting customers and heading to the shops for lunch.

Joint managing director, David Bayles, said: "We’re in the process of training staff up right now, and one of the reasons it will work is because it is great fun.

"It puts a grin on your face and that’s why staff will be ready and happy to use them."

Cllr Margaret Atkinson added: “This is something I want to take back to Eastleigh Borough Council to promote the use of e-bikes throughout the borough.

"It’s a fantastic initiative and I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed riding the bike!"