Moped scheme to empower workers & young people with independent transport
23 March 2021
Wheels to Work Silverstone (W2WS), a business that empowers people by giving them independent mobility with mopeds, has opened at Silverstone Park as lockdown measures ease and more people return to their workplace.
The business is an extension of acclaimed motorcycle hire/trip/events company Spyder Motorcycles, run by Mark and Lizzi Smith-Young, which has been located at the Park since 2015.
‘Wheels to Work Silverstone’ – part of a larger, government-approved network – is unique in the region, reaching into the immediate counties of Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, as well as Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and Berkshire.
Mark explained: “This gives people of all ages – mostly young people from the age of 16 – independence and confidence by offering them their own transport solution to get to their place of work, apprenticeship, training course or college, or help find employment.
“It is also cost-effective compared to public transport which often only runs to fixed routes, can be inconvenient for shift patterns and is a long-winded experience.”
Italian moped manufacturer Piaggio’s new ‘Zip’ and ‘Liberty’ models are used (Spyder is a Piaggio-approved corporate dealership and workshop).
Mark added: “Our mopeds are available on a lease basis – with millennials, the research shows that lease options appeal, just as if they were taking out a monthly deal on a mobile phone.
“When people meet our criteria, the scooter is delivered for their use with a service plan, insurance, lock and a tracking system. This enables us to follow their mileage so we can alert the rider when a service is due.
“To offer reassurance, these machines are simple to operate – a ‘twist-and-go’, single-gear throttle system.”
Mark and Lizzi believe Wheels to Work is an effective transport solution during the current Covid and post-pandemic climates and are also making the service available to businesses.
“We have a commercial side for those in work and who want a low-cost transport solution,” explained Mark.
“This could be people working shift patterns such as NHS staff, care workers, security and warehouse operatives. We also have teachers, jockeys and those involved in the role-out of the vaccine.
“We have seen in Norfolk, for example, moped numbers rise to around 600 on the roads so there is real demand for this type of transport solution.
“Furthermore, mopeds are low on emissions, reduce congestion on roads and in car parks, and, in the not-too-distant future, we are expecting to be able to offer a new, fully-electric option for customers.”
CLICK HERE to learn more about Wheels to Work Silverstone.