What is an electric bike?
Electric bikes (e-bikes) work just like a normal bike, except the electric motor adds a little more power to your pedalling. They are very similar to conventional bikes in construction but they have been fitted with a battery, a controller and a motor in order to assist the cyclist. This can be a kit fitted to a standard bike or a bike designed for the purpose, with the electrics built into the bike.
Why buy an electric bike?
Not only do e-bikes have economic and environmental benefits but are also loads of fun. Power assisted pedalling makes it easier to cover large distances, carry heavy items or conquer hills without losing speed. If you want to commute by bike without needing to change at work, are recovering from an injury or just want to build more activity into your day then an electric bike could be the perfect choice for you.
How can I try one?
You can try out electric bikes at most local bike shops for free and give them a test ride.
If you are a Herefordshire business you can also apply for funding for your own e-bike that staff can use and try through our Travel Fund grants.
If your workplace is signed up to a cycle to work scheme you can also buy an e-bike for a fraction of its original value.
If you would like further information about e-bikes, Travel Fund grants or cycle to work schemes: