Progress in electric transportation is developing fast, electric bikes being the best, most viable and cost effective option to transform everyday life for many people, particularly here in Brighton and Hove.
So many people have bikes sitting unused in a shed or garage, purely because the hilly terrain can be too zapping to make cycling everywhere enjoyable. Many start with good intentions but resort to the car after a short while.
Now, with the ability to add a small mid-drive electric motor and battery to bikes that people already own, it transforms the cycling experience into the best way to get around Brighton and Hove.
Research shows that people who converted their bike to electric assist use their bike four times more frequently than before, and journey distances more than doubled.
There are many other positive effects, not just on the individual but those around them and the environment too.
For people who previously drove a car for local journeys, it immediately means there is one less car adding to congestion and polluting air.
The health and lifestyle benefits new e-bikers report are of feeling more energised, more relaxed and experiencing a greater sense of well being. Arriving places early and not having trouble parking were added bonuses reported by many. Cycling is a very nice way to travel once the hills are magically made to feel flat.
There is some truly beautiful countryside around Brighton, and venturing to the South Downs becomes a breeze with the assistance of an e-bike, meaning more people can feel confident riding off-road into areas that they would never have previously believed possible. A fifteen or twenty mile ride around the South Downs suddenly becomes an activity more people can enjoy together. It's all about inclusivity.
Below are a couple of photos taken on a recent jaunt along the South Downs to show what's on offer if you get out there. Half an hour ride from the door of our workshop and scenes like below can be found in every direction.
If you think you might like to try the lifestyle changes that an e-bike brings, get in touch through our Contact page or by calling 01273 930700.