Take a look at a short video, set in the Lake District which gives a useful introduction to the ebikes, what a Network is, who we are, why we are setting up Electric Bicycle Networks around the country, and what our partners think about the scheme. Click here to watch the film…………..
WHO ARE WE?
The project is being run by a team who used to work for Cycling England and set up a Community Interest Company (Electric Travel CIC) in 2011. The aim of Electric Travel CIC is to get more people cycling for both everyday journeys and also for leisure. It is a not-for-profit organisation to promote low-carbon, sustainable electric travel.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF AN ELECTRIC BICYCLE NETWORK?
The Electric Bicycle Network (EBN) is a totally new concept for the UK that has been designed to enable normal people, who might not otherwise get on a bicycle, to enjoy cycling for leisure supported by the subtle but powerful assist of an electric bicycle. The electric bicycle helps to break down some of those proven, major barriers to cycling, including the fear of not being fit enough to tackle the hills and also not wishing to get hot and sweaty.
Electric Travel will measure the success of the Electric Bicycle Networks on their ability to be sustainable, to promote local tourism, to involve local businesses, particularly in rural communities and to reduce short car trips and tourist reliance on cars in favour of days out on two wheels.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Electric Bicycle Networks, in different parts of the country, comprise of a series of hire-points, including activity providers, accommodation and tourist attractions. This means that the bicycles are conveniently available where people actually want to use them – from their hotels, inns and the major local attractions they visit, so there is no need to drive and park.
And there are strategically placed charge points across the network area. At pubs, cafes, restaurants and visitor attractions, riders can top-up their batteries whilst enjoying a bite to eat, a drink or a local tourist attraction.
In order to facilitate the everyday running of the Network a ‘hub’ helps to manage the local fleet, keeping it in service, training the hire points, managing distribution of equipment and also providing an emergency pick up service.
WHO ARE WE WORKING WITH?
Electric Travel CIC is pleased to be working with a wide variety of partners to help promote the Electric Bicycle Network for many different reasons including to promote tourism and local economies, to encouraging more sustainable transport; improving people’s health & fitness, and strengthening social cohesion.