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Monday, 19 May 2014

Straw Bike!

I saw this bike at an agricultural show this weekend and couldn't resist taking a picture. However I do think some electric motor assistance would make it much easier to ride!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

A Day of Changing Weather

I have been out and about in the Batribike van today. I headed down to the south coast with conflicting weather reports ringing in my ears. Rain or sun, what would it be?

The Dartford crossing was fairly trouble free with not as much traffic as I had anticipated. Further along the M25 I turned off down the A21. Sometimes when you are driving on a big road you can almost forget that there is scenery all around. The A21 seems to defy this, as you sweep round a huge bend and under a tall bridge you seem to burst out onto a huge vista. The countryside is spread very wide and far into the distance. Today the distance was shrouded in mist and I thought I was heading for a downpour.

Luckily it did not materialise and I completed the journey with only a few spots on the windscreen. After my visit I parked up on the seafront to eat my sandwiches. The sun was racing in patches across the water.

Very soon though the weather changed and it was hailing hard!
Sunshine and Showers
My journey home after another visit took me through some leafy green lanes and the sun was shining again.

And past a very typical village green -

What a lovely day to be out and about in the Batribike van.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Cycle City Leeds

Batribike was delighted to be on the BEBA stand at the Cycle City Leeds event last week. Cycle City Leeds followed on from last year’s successful event in Birmingham. The event was held at the Town Hall, which has an amazing space with decorated ceilings.

The Batribike Dash was on display on the stand and got lots of interest because the concept of a folding electric bike is fantastic for city living, easy to store for those living in flats.

It was really interesting to hear the opening speech by Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of Transport. He is really keen on getting the average person riding a bike, all those lycra clad cyclists already know about bikes! He also said that cycling in London is not any more dangerous than walking, which is a very interesting fact when the media is very keen to say how unsafe it is to be out on a bike.

The BEBA stand was adjacent to the eMCI (the Electric Motorcycle Industry Association)

It was great to be there and hear how many authorities think that it is important to encourage cycling to reduce traffic congestion and pollution in cities. Electric bikes can play a major role in this by encouraging people who wouldn’t normally cycle or helping people to lengthen their journeys.