Petersfield Cycles & CPRE Hampshire Team Up To Launch Electric Bike Project
This is a second chance for anyone who could not attend our last event in Petersfield town centre in April, to view the show report click here The Campaign to Protect Rural England Hampshire (CPRE) is working with Medstead and Four Marks communities to pilot a sustainable transport project, with the aim of demonstrating new ways to tackle rural transport issues, increasing cycling and trailling the use of electric bicycles, or ebikes. Increasing traffic on rural roads leads to more pollution, congestion and adversely affects the tranquility of the countryside. Medstead's Parish Plan highlighted the need to take actions to tackle traffic issues and to encourage more sustainable transport. Martin Brown, manager at Petersfield Cycles says ‘This is an exciting time in the electric bike world, with the technology developing fast the ebike market has come on so far over the last couple of years, its growing at a huge rate. With over 40,000 of these models sold throughout Europe each year it seems like a no brainer to cater for this ever growing market. The technology has been around long enough now that its tried and tested and the newer models are very reliable. Electric bikes are many things to many people. Some want to extend a commute or arrive less sweaty, and other a helping hand on the hills, when transporting children, or to keep up with fitter riding companions. For others less able, an electric bike can be an empowering tool for independent mobility. Whilst some just like the fun factor!’ As well as having many of the latest ebikes available for test riding, we also have Lloyd Clarkson on hand to offer any technical advice. Lloyd has been in this market for years developing ebikes throughout Europe, and he is now responsible for the whole Raleigh ebikes sector in the UK. CPRE England transport campaigner Ralph Smyth will attend a launch event on Saturday, 14th May, 2011 at Mansfield Park Surgery, Lymington Bottom Road, Medstead from 11.00am to 1.00pm, when there will be a full demonstration of the ebikes. There will be three ebikes available in the community for three months. The idea is volunteers will use an ebike for a week each, recording their use and committing to look after the bike, removing the battery when parked, and to pass it on to the next volunteer user. An ebike looks and feels much like a normal bike, but with a battery to provide power assistance when you head uphill, inevitable when cycling around Medstead, the highest settlement in Hampshire. So, if you have thought about cycling again, but were put off by the steep hills around the village, this free trial is an opportunity not to be missed. Also on offer will be twelve normal pedal bikes and some informal training, for those who may not have been on a bike for a while! It is hoped these will be stored in the village for communal use in the summer months. Camilla Swiderska, CPRE Hampshire, said: "We are working towards a more sustainable future for the English countryside. Increasing traffic on country roads leads to more pollution, congestion and adversely affects the tranquility of the countryside. We must therefore support all forms of alternative transport as much as we can, including bus, rail, walking and cycling." If you would like to volunteer for a week with a bike, please contact Camilla Swiderska, CPRE Hampshire, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01730 827865, by mid-April.
Our electric bikes have become so popular we have set up a separate site dedicated just to electric bikes! Follow the link here - www.e-bikeshop.co.uk