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…]

UK Electric Bike Hire Schemes Begin Roll Out [VIDEO]

Professor Debra Humphris Eastbourne E-Bike Launch-441

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…]

Could Electric Bikes Kick Off a 2 Wheeled Revolution in the UK?

I just read an article from the Ecologist.org about how electric bikes could be the vehicle to start a cycling revolution in the UK.  I believe that e-bikes have the potential to get more people on bikes world wide.  The author of this article does a great job breaking down a lot of the benefits of riding an electric bike and even covers some of the financial incentives that are available.

Check out the article and let me know what you think by [Read more…]