In 2008 the local SEE-Change group centred in Jamison (now the Belconnen local group) applied for grant funding from the ACT Government to run a bicycle trailer hire scheme.
Prompted by a report which revealed that 90% of vehicle trips in the ACT are of 10km or less, the SEE-Change Jamison group proposed the use of trailers as a way to get more people riding to schools and shops.
The BERT (Bicycle (CO2) Emission Reduction Trial) Scheme was born.
With funding from the ACT government, SEE-Change was able to purchase 20 trailers, and these have been in steady demand ever since.
Hirers during the trial period measured their kilometres on an odometer.
At the end of the 12 month trial period, we found that a total of 1800 kilometres were travelled with BERT trailers, adding up to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of over 500 kg.
One of the recognised benefits of the scheme is that it allows individuals and families to try out the trailers before they make the outlay to purchase their own.
This program has continued and is now managed through the SEE-Change main office.