Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Electric Bikes hit the trails

Published: 25/05/2011 08:00 - Updated: 24/05/2011 15:09
A PIONEERING project promoting cycling in the Peak District is set to be rolled out across the UK.
Electric Bicycle Network
Electric Bicycle Network
The Electric Bicycle Network launched it’s pilot scheme using Carsington Reservoir as a base for providing a web of hire points and charge points for electric bicycles which can be used on nine different circular routes in the Peak District.

The network, which was initially launched in April, has now been expanded, with charge points for the power-assisted cycles now at many more locations around the routes, including Tissington Hall.

Based around the Tissington Triangle, the network has been a hit among holiday-makers and further networks in the Lake District and Devon are planned.

Representatives from the Electric Bicycle Network are expected to appear on BBC Breakfast on Friday.
Director of Rivendale Camping and Caravan Park, Greg Potter, said: “The electric bikes cater for people who like cycling, but who perhaps don’t want to do the two big hills which you have to go up from here.

“They take the pain out of the two hills on the trails triangle as people are going to Tissington and then at Bradbourne.” Holly Jones works at Carsington Sports and Leisure and has even hired the electric bicycles to travel to and from work. She said: “The Electric Bicycle Network chose the Peak District as the location for the first network.

“Carsington is the hub, which means we are responsible for all the 50 bikes in the Peak District network, which are available for hire at different places, some at cycle hire points and others at accommodation providers such as Rivendale and Hoe Grange.

“You do have to pedal, they are power-assisted bikes, they only work with pedalling, but it helps people get up the hills that maybe they couldn’t conquer before. It gives the chance for all the family to be out together doing things.

“Everybody that tries an electric bike comes off it with a smile on their face.”

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1 comment:

  1. Here in Israel, they are really popular. definitely the way forward.