1/3 of UK Public Transport Users ‘Would’ Switch to Electric Bikes

felt-sporte-5By Richard Peace.

34% of British people would choose an electric bike over public transport says a recent survey of a thousand people conducted by One Poll for Shimano.

Of course, ‘would’ implies a the change from public transport to e-bikes if something else happens.

In this case the survey results implied high e-bike cost and the perception of cycling safety were barriers to a switch from public transport to e-bikes.

Government subsidy of e-bikes was cited as a factor that would persuade public transport users to consider two wheels instead, as was the provision of more safe cycling infrastructure. [Read more…]

Accessory Roundup: Cane Creek Thudbuster, Lightrider Lights, & Blackburn Grid 13 Multitool [VIDEO]

Thudbuster & sprung saddle a great comboRichard Peace takes a look at three products that can enhance your electric bike riding:

The Cane Creek Thudbuster suspension seatpost to take the edge off of rough roads.

The innovative Lightrider light that illuminates you and the road ahead.

And the handy Blackburn Grid 13 compact multi tool. [Read more…]

Electric Concepts look to Revolutionize Commuting with Lightweight TSR2+

TSR2+_Orange_4 WEBBy Richard Peace

Electric Concepts is about to launch their take on the ultimate commuter e-bike.

It marries a Moulton spaceframe bike from the UK with the Italian ‘all-in-one’ hub motor Zehus system and Electric Concept’s own design and assembly process.

Meet Electric Concepts’ TSR2+.

The Moulton may be known to the cycle historians amongst you as a classic design from 1960s UK, identified by its relatively small 20” wheels and elastomer suspension. [Read more…]

UK Electric Bike Hire Schemes Begin Roll Out [VIDEO]

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University of Brighton launches it’s bike hire scheme for staff and students

By Richard Peace

Back in September 2015 the UK’s Department for Transport announced the results of competitive bidding for a share of £700,000 that would fund electric bike hire schemes across the country.

The application process was administered by UK NGO Carplus which also now has a sister organisation Bikeplus, the new representative body for the sixteen towns and cities chosen to trial electric bike hire.

ElectricBikeReport will look at what each of the sixteen schemes is doing in turn as they begin to roll out across the country, starting with the University of Brighton’s scheme to link two of its campuses. After being chosen by organisation Carplus, the university was awarded £36,000 from the Department for Transport for the project. [Read more…]

ARCC e²-pod Moulton Electric Bike Review – a British Classic

ARCC Moulton riding 3By Richard Peace.

As an experienced electric bike journalist ARCC caught my eye as being both different and extremely interesting on several counts.

Firstly they have designed their own system in the form of the e²-pod (more on that later), secondly they were using the system on an iconic British bike design, the Moulton, and lastly they part-manufactured and assembled the bikes in their hi-tech hub in Cambridge, UK, which probably needs no further introduction, [Read more…]