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: https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/top-200-companies-rise-popularity-3485868).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0115 955 2288 to find out about upcoming sessions.