George’s New Electric Bike
8th August 2013
In recent years, Bristol has become the prime location in the UK for cycling. After being chosen as England’s first ‘Cycling City’ the number of people using bicycles in our city continues to increase every year. This is being helped along by dedicated on-road cycle lanes, new traffic-free routes, 3400 new cycle parking spaces, as well as cycling training and lots of other ‘softer measures’ projects across the city encouraging more people to get on their bikes.
For some however, pedal power is no longer enough and in order to make their journey across some of Bristol’s tougher hills a little easier, electric bikes are becoming increasingly popular as some peoples primary mode of transport. Electric bikes use compact electric motors powered by modern batteries to add to your cycling and with some bikes having up to a 60 mile range, it certainly makes for a great alternative for those who want to stop relying on their cars and reduce their fuel use.
This month, Bristol Mayor George Ferguson continued to lead by example on his green principles by purchasing an electric bike from local business Atmosphere Electric Bikes in order to help him with his duties across the city. Atmosphere are at the forefront of electric bikes in the UK and have been based in Bristol for 5 years now, offering almost 120 different types of bike and specialist knowledge from their many years of experience. Mayor Ferguson also purchased his electric bike with the Bristol Pound, a local currency designed to support local independent businesses in Bristol and to help keep more money circulating within the city.
Electric bikes fit perfectly into the Bristol Green Capital 2015 visions to promote more sustainable, environmentally friendly modes of transport and create a city in which it is safe to cycle and walk. Atmosphere owner Alistair Mchardy said “the jump from car to two wheels is far less extreme with electric bikes and they cost pennies to run…” adding that with electric bikes “…you can have alot more fun riding in and out of the city without getting all hot and sweaty”.
To find out more about electric bicycles, visit the Atmosphere Electric Bikes website here, call them on 0117 9087153 or pop in and visit their helpful, friendly staff at 137 St Georges Rd, Bristol. Further information about Bristol Green Capital’s vision for 2015 please visit https://bristolgreencapital.org/vision/.
James Wright – Communications Intern