It's pedal power – with the aid of batteries
By Stuart Laundy - Senior Reporter
IF the prospect of tackling some of the dale’s hills has put paid to any thoughts of cycling, a Cumbrian firm reckons it might have the answer.
Eden-e-Motion was showcasing its electric-powered bicycles at Brough Show earlier this month.
In the past, powered cycles have relied on two and four-stroke petrol or diesel engines to provide that extra burst of power.
However, battery power is proving more popular with cyclists concerned about green issues and sustainability.
Paul Clow, who runs the Kirkby Stephen-based specialist, said: “Electric powered bikes are a healthier means of transport for those who live outside the town.
“We do well in outlying villages as an alternative to cars and where there is little or no public transport.
“They are also great for people returning to cycling who are put off by the hills.
“There is a big push on sustainability and environmental responsibility and we fit in with that.”
While the initial outlay may seem expensive at about £1,000, Mr Clow insists cyclists will save money in the long run.
“The lithium batteries provide anything up to 100 miles,” he said.
“The batteries take about a couple of hours to charge – about 20p to do 100 miles.
“These bikes are not just green, they are practical.”
Mr Clow is also part of an initiative called Lean2Sustain that brings people together to reduce waste and encourages businesses to aim for a sustainable future through consulting and training plus energy assessments.