BEBA members give electric bike test rides at Ride London eventPOSTED: 5th August 2013
Eight miles of London streets were closed this weekend as thousands of cyclists had the opportunity to ride between famous landmarks on a completely traffic free route.
BEBA (The British Electric Bicycle Association) had a stand in the Green Park Festival area where visitors had the opportunity to try an electric bike. The cycle route opened at eight o’clock and from then until the close of the festival at 5 pm the Batribike stand was extremely busy.
Three BEBA members attended the prestigious occasion that is set to become an annual event. An estimated 50,000 cyclists of all ages took to the streets to enjoy the sunshine and the many street entertainments around the route. The BEBA stand was flooded with interested visitors who wanted to know how electric bikes worked and to view the range of styles available.
On the Batribike stand the Diamond proved extremely popular for test rides as did the Granite. The Dash electric bike was once again in the spotlight as so many had seen it’s starring appearance on the Apprentice and wanted to put it through its paces.
The whole event was extremely friendly and upbeat with an almost carnival atmosphere. Visitors had travelled from all around the country to take part or just to watch. We were delighted to talk to visitors from as far afield as York, Middlesbrough, Coventry, Essex, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Brighton and of course across the Greater London area.
Batribike director Sue Coulson took the opportunity to ride the route on the Diamond electric bike. You can read more about her ride on Sue’s Blog later this week.
Batribike through its BEBA membership was pleased to be able to show how inclusive cycling can be as an activity. Electric bikes allow those who would not otherwise consider cycling to get on a bike or encourage existing cyclists to go further.