Getting an electric bike
E-bikes (or electric bikes) work just like a normal bike, except an electric motor has been added to give you a little more power in your pedalling. Cycling UK have a useful guide on the different types of e-bike available for first time buyers.
Not only are e-bikes loads of fun to ride, they also have huge economic and environmental potential benefits. Power assisted pedalling mean that e-bikes are especially useful for:
- Starting to build more activity into your day
- Commuting by bike
- Covering long distances and conquering hills
- Enabling you to cycle carrying heavy items
- Making cycling a viable option for more people
- Help with recovering from an injury
Most of the local bike shops sell electric bikes and will let you try them out beforehand. If you are buying a second hand e-bike, make sure it adheres to EAPC regulations.
Colwall Greener run a test before you invest scheme with electric bikes, as part of Transition Malvern Hills. This scheme gives you the opportunity to try an e-bike for two weeks so you can decide if you'd like to go ahead with purchasing one.