Spen Valley Greenway's littermobile

Sustrans ebike on Spen Valley Greenway. Image credit: Wayne Firth

The new ebike means Rob can transport heavier loads along the Spen Valley Greenway. PHOTO: Wayne Firth

22 February 2019

Our ranger on the popular Spen Valley Greenway now has a new ebike for transporting litter along the seven-mile cycle and walking path between Dewsbury and Oakenshaw (near Bradford).

Ranger Rob Winslade picks up approximately 3000 bags of litter a year, including tens of tonnes of dog and horse droppings. He will use the e-bike to take the bags off-site for disposal, and for carrying out maintenance tasks such as trimming hedges, planting wildflowers and clearing the path.

Rob says: “I travel up and down the route all day and need to carry quite heavy loads so the ebike is ideal. I like it because it’s sturdy when carrying a load and I can still get some exercise on the cycle, but if I want some extra power when I’m carrying more weight I can switch on the electricity.

“Litter picking is a constant issue on the path so we’re always looking for volunteers to help out. If you would like to get involved and help keep the Spen Valley Greenway clean and well-maintained please do get in touch.”

The Spen Valley Greenway is a former railway line now owned and managed by us as part of the National Cycle Network – over 16,500 miles of cycle and walking paths, many of which are traffic-free.

If you would like to volunteer for us in Yorkshire please email [email protected] or look up www.sustrans.org.uk/volunteer