28 Dec '11, 12am

Why electric bikes could be the sustainable transport solution, especially if power is 100% renewable

Why electric bikes could be the sustainable transport solution, especially if power is 100% renewable

Efforts to get more people to cycle to work in order to help ease road congestion, cut carbon emissions, and make people healthier, have been hailed a resounding success in recent years. Experts believe about 200,000 people will have got back in the saddle in 2011 as a result of the government's cycle-to-work initiative, through which employers can loan bikes to staff as a tax-free benefit. But some people need more than a tax break to convince them to don their helmets and start pedaling, and a growing number of commentators believe a new generation of electric bikes could prove the perfect solution for those amongst us who cannot bear the thought of getting tired and sweaty cycling into the office of a morning. Admittedly e-bikes are not quite as green as push bikes because the battery requires electricity, which at the moment is likely to have been produced by a fossil ...

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