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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Electric Bikes on Tour

Batribike has been out and about in the South West for the last two days. A large delivery of bikes at the warehouse on Monday gave us the opportunity to go out and visit some of our dealers and deliver some bikes as well.

The weather yesterday was superb as we headed out from the workshop near Lincoln. Our first visit was to PowaRider in Cheltenham. It was good to travel out on the A46 from Newark we having been watching the revamp going on on this particular road for a couple of years. Initially  I was quite upset by the number of trees they had to pull down to accommodate the widening scheme. Now the road is finished and with the banks all green and lots of new trees planted it is really a good route across country.

Second stop, E-Motion at Swindon, with the sun shining it was a good photo opportunity.

And so on to Bath to Take Charge. This was the first time I had been to the new premises (they have actually been there a while now!) The new position is really accessible with a hill right outside the door to give customers a good change to try the bikes. Unfortunately it was rush hour as we left Bath and we got stuck in the inevitable traffic jam, but the views were worth it!

The sun was shining again this morning at the first stop of the day, Axcess electric bikes in Honiton.

Final stop of the tour PowaRider in Woking. Off home now ready for a busy day in London tomorrow.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Councils Compelled to Deliver Walking and Cycle Routes

Transport Extra is today leading with the story of the new duty to compel councils to deliver walking and cycle routes.

Electric bikes can make a huge difference to the distance considered by riders as feasible for commuting or other daily rides but the safety of cycling routes can often be a barrier. This could all change as new legislative plans published this week by the Welsh Government mean that local authorities in Wales are likely to become the first in the UK to have a duty to deliver a network of walking and cycling routes.

Developing and maintaining safe cycle routes is to be made a legal obligation. The Active Travel (Wales) Bill will not become law until the end of 2013 but it is already causing quite a stir. Cycling groups are delighted by the proactive stance taken by the Welsh Assembly and there have been calls to the English and Scottish parliaments to follow suit.

Safer cycling routes across the UK would prompt more people to get out on a bicycle for everyday journeys. Safety concerns are often a barrier to cycling as an alternative to other means of transport.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

East of England Electric Bike Rally

The rain stayed away as electric bikes wowed visitors to Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile today. The rally was the brain child of The Electric Bike Shop (Transport Electric UK) who are based just up the road in Gorleston-on-Sea. Eleven electric bike manufacturers from all around the UK brought demonstration bikes for visitors to test ride.

Here we are all set up and waiting for the event to start.

We were delighted to be part of the event and were once again amazed by the level of interest in the Trike. The Mayor and Mayoress of Great Yarmouth attended the event and headed straight for the Batribike stand. We were delighted when Mayor Barry Coleman was keen to take a test ride.

As always we are keen advocates of safer cycling and were happy to help him fit the cycle helmet properly.

The Mayor enjoyed his ride around the Landau Plaza on our Granite electric bike.

A horse drawn Landau on the new dedicated cycle and landau lane along the seafront.