What is an electric bike?
An electric bike is just like a standard bicycle, but with an electric motor and battery attached. It can make for faster journey times and sweat-free travel in windy, uphill conditions on a bike that’s a lot more fun to ride!
Why use one?
Most people’s journeys are around 2 miles; about a 25-30 minute walk. However, most people will take their car and spend time finding and paying for parking at their destination. This is when a bicycle becomes a far more practical alternative.
Similarly, the average UK commute has now risen to just under 9 miles, which most people could easily cycle in under an hour. Electric bikes could do this much quicker, and leave you fresh and ready to work at the other end.
There are various makes and models of electric bikes, giving you a range of between 15 and 50 miles, which is ample for most commutes with a recharge time typically around 3 hours.
Where can I try and buy one?
Many independent and national cycle retailers supply electric bikes alongside conventional ones and will be happy to provide advice and even a try-before-you-buy service. A number of dedicated electric bike retailers have sprung up locally in recent years, including:
- 50 Cycles, Loughborough
- Ebike Centres, Leicester
- Justebikes, Leicester
- Plugin Bikes, Leicester
- Powered Bicycles, Long Eaton
Does your employer run a cycle to work scheme? If so, you may be able to purchase an electric bike and spread the payment, tax free. Check with your employer for full details.
Our final active travel afternoon takes place at Welland Park in Market Harborough from 12 today. Come down and see us – there are free bike checks, travel advice, security marking, loads of resources and advice, and lots more.
Tomorrow is our final active travel afternoon! FREE bike checks, security marking, e-bike trials, active travel rewards and travel advice are just some of the exciting activities at Welland Park, Market Harborough, 12-4pm. Pre-book for some activities at crowd.in/WDsM8z
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Win a free cycle skills refresher course at Saturday’s active travel afternoon at Welland Park, Market Harborough,12-4pm. Free bike checks, travel advice and more. Visit crowd.in/7OM3UI find out about all the other exciting things going on and to book some activities.
Join us on Saturday at Welland Park in Market Harborough, where you can find loads of travel advice, cycling & walking maps, active travel rewards, free bike checks and much more to help you get travelling in a smarter way around Leicestershire. Visit crowd.in/WYIViX