It will come as no surprise to hear electric bikes haven’t taken off in the UK as they have done in other countries such as China and Germany. Is it because the UK, especially at the moment, is in the grips of a conventional cycling addiction? Is it that there is quite possibly a bit of a stigmar towards a bike you don’t always need to pedal?
Despite the above, the sales and use of electric bikes is steadily increasing. The word is perhaps getting out about them and the national addiction to cycling could be rubbing off on non cyclists. These bikes are also excellent for people with for example a knee injury. The battery is there to assist whenever required so people can still enjoy the experience of being on a bike.
Electric bikes are few and far between in the Lake District but there are places to hire them which is a great chance to try one out. In West Cumbria Muncaster Cycles at Ravenglass hire them out and are part of the West Cumbrian Electric Bicycle Network where there are plenty of places to top up batteries including Eskdale and Wasdale. Over the other side of the county and next week Appleby Manor Hotel are offering free hire of electric bikes to their guests to mark English Tourism Week, 30th March until 3rd April inclusive.
Cycling is such a fantastic way to see the Lake District and even though there is a battery, electric bikes still need to be pedaled to start the motor so exercise is involved. Also as Rob Spedding, Editor of Cycling Plus, says “encouraging more people onto bikes of whatever kind reduces pollution and congestion on the roads.”
So with the nights getting lighter and the weather getting warmer, it could be the perfect time to try out the electric bike experience by doing some no strings hiring.