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As 2019 draws to a close, we are reflecting on what a fantastic year it has been for the rise of the electric bike. E-bike models are becoming lighter, cheaper and more user friendly. Our friends over at Raleigh have had a massive surge in sales this year, with 75% of their bicycle sales being e-bikes (see the recent Nottingham Post article here:

Flo of RideWise says “We have been lucky to secure a Raleigh Modus for use as a staff pool bike through Nottingham City Council’s Workplace Travel Service Grant scheme, which has given our staff the chance to give them a try, and we are certainly sold!”

Many of the current models of E-Bike offer ‘pedal assist’, where you still pedal, but the motor helps increase your speed. You can have high, medium or low support, or choose to turn the assist off all together. Current models in the UK are limited to 15 miles per hour for their assisted speed.

This does mean that it will be increasingly important that people using electric bikes feel confident in using them on roads. They have faster starting speeds, which takes some getting used to for all transport users, meaning that using correct road positioning is more important than ever. In 2019, RideWise have delivered E-Bike training to Nottingham City Homes, Imperial Tobacco, Boots, DHL, Siemens, Parexel, The National Ice Arena, HMRC and Nottingham City Council staff and Councillors. Look out for more RideWise E-bike training in 2020.

As a charity who promotes sustainable travel, we are very excited to see the evolution and growth of the E-Bike. They are a great option for those who live a little further away and those who would like that little bit of extra help. Of course, there will always be people who like the purity of being able to pedal uphill completely alone, but we think it’s fantastic to have the choice.

If you’re interested in taking part in some E-Bike training email RideWise or call 0115 955 2288 to find out about upcoming sessions.

We are extremely excited to announce that we have been successful in securing £10,000 from the National Lottery!

Since April 2017 we have run free fortnightly Community Cycle Centres across four locations in Nottingham. This will end in March 2020 due to the discontinuation of the fund by central Government, after-which the Centres will close unless they secure funding. The centres provide free cycle training sessions between April and October and were developed with input from local community groups, support services and the local authority. RideWise have been delighted to secure this new fund, which means that our King Edwards Park community cycle centre will open in 2020, supporting new learners, families and commuters.

Chief Executive Helen Hemstock said ‘we’re delighted to have secured this fund, which will help us to support over 100 people to get on their bikes, safely and confidently. We’re delighted to have been successful in our application.’

The sessions are delivered by National Standards qualified cycle instructors. The training takes place in an outdoor multiuse games area where we train people how to ride a bike as part of the beginner’s session. In the improvers session we build confidence and teach them how to safely cycle on quiet roads.

These sessions offer inclusive community focused opportunities to train groups of people and give them the confidence to explore their community by bike. This work helps to reduce congestion, improve road space, improve public perceptions of their community and increases community wellbeing. RideWise are passionate about being at the heart of green transport and are thrilled to be able to reach more people during 2020.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see the King Edward Park Centre to stay open from April 2020 to October 2020.Sessions were previously free for Nottingham City residents, but this new stream of funding will allow the sessions to be free for all.

As you may already know RideWise are trying to raise £10,000 to keep our Community Cycle Centres open for another year. The funding for this project is due to run out this year and if we cannot find other funding then they will close. So we have registered with easyfundraising to help us get some donations. If you shop online you could help us, when you shop retailers will donate a small percentage to our charity, at no extra cost to you. There are lots of retailers that are signed up to easyfundraising such as Amazon, eBay, Marks and Spencers, John Lewis, Next and many others. If you book holidays, purchase insurance or electrical's online then it's likely these will also be set up on easyfuindraising.

If you would like to help add to our fundraidsing pot, just follow this link to get started.


RideWise started in 2001 working within Nottingham communities. We have taught over 20,000 people how to ride a bike. We aim to inspire and enable people to use multimodal transport to improve their health as well as reduce our environmental impact.


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