The 50Cycles team has attended a few interesting events over the last couple of weeks starting with an electric vehicle promotional day at the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre in Bristol organised by Nikki Bloomfield.

The event was to promote the use of any electric vehicle and also to publicise the opening of the shopping centres electric vehicle charging point 50cycles were covering the electric bike side of the day with many inquisitive passers by getting the chance to experience the thrill of the eZee torq and eZee quando. There were also some more unusual vehicles on display like the twike, which is Dr Andreas Schroers baby (www.twike.co.uk) and also a few interesting conversions presented by the battery vehicle society (www.bvs.org.uk)and also the flashy vectrix crew with there electric motorbike.

All in all it was a very productive day with many electric bike enthusiasts and general passers by in the environmental hot spot of Bristol popping down to try out the now becoming world famous eZee torq, and after a quick test ride the general consensus was “wow, what a lovely bike to ride” without the battery and a total amazement at the amount of power produced from such a compact motor and battery.

Cribbs Causaway Bristol Shopping Centre

2The following week the 50 cycles roadshow moved on to Exeter at the request of Exeter council to promote the use of electric transport to there employees and also to show different sections of the council how the use of electric bikes could make certain jobs more efficient than using regular vehicles, and certainlymuch more environmentally friendly. The afternoon went swimmingly with many employees venturing out in to thecar park at the civic centre to try out the bikes and the seed of dumping there car being planted in manyminds, also when the cyclescheme was mentioned whichnear enough halves the price of the eZee bikes to themmany peoples ears started to prick up even more.

The following day the flashy 50cycles van moved on to Bournemouth sea front at the request of Andrew Emery from Bournemouth council. We set the van up in the morning right on the sea front next to the pier and were immediately grabbing the attention of conventional cyclists that were being passed by council members trying out our bikes. This event was promoted with vigour by Andrew with pretty much every head of the different council departments attending to evaluate the performance of the bikes, and how they could be beneficial to there different circumstances.

Along with many intrigued members of the public we had the current mayor, the ex mayor and numerous councillors zipping up and down the seafront and arriving back with us with a look of amazement on there faces at how the bikes perform. The event was also covered by a local photographer forwarding the pictures to all the local papers, and Bournemouth seafront were that impressed they will be taking on an eZee bike to do jobs that were previously done by polluting vans.

50Cycles are attending a number of events over the Spring and Summer and we’ll let you know how we get on.

Happy Cycling!!!!!!!!!!



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Presteigne event update

Presteigne event update 4
2007 Tour de Presteigne will take place on Sunday May 13th as part of ECOearth 2007. I don’t have any more details on ECOearth yet, but last year it was an entertaining fair with stalls showing off various eco products such as ground source heat pumps, sheeps wool insulation, water recovery systems etc. as well as more fun things such as mobile sculptures made from scrap metal and pedal powered electricity generators for the kids to power their own computers games.
The bike part of it will consist of stalls showing electric bikes, with the opportunity to try them (50 Cycles will be there) . On Saturday evening there will be a musical event at the Legion, Presteigne featuring John Louis at the amazing French macadam Electric Powered Piano.

On Sunday morning there will be a short hill climb just half a mile out of town, followed by a leisurely 12 mile ride around the picturesque small roads and bridleways of the area. (For those that don’t know the area, there really are plenty of small, pretty, uncongested roads in this part of the world) .

At 3pm there will be a discussion followed by a question and answer session with some of the movers and shakers of the industry .

At 5.30pm the one hour rally will begin around the new course that links the Business park and the Industrial estate.

Organizer Pete Mustill is urging anyone of any age or fitness who owns an electric bike or especially anyone has built one, to sign up straight away. Tricycles, shopper bikes and general eccentricity are welcomed -it is a fun event and not just for speed freaks.
Entrance fee for competitors is £10, £30 for stall holders, which includes a stall , chairs and a power point.
Contact Pete Mustill on 01544 267163 or email: broadsheep@aol.com

“Electric bikes are taking off”

This article from the International Herald & Tribune’s Business pages enthuses about the potential of electric bikes and how the technology seems set to enjoy a massive expansion in markets in the industrialised and developing world. Certainly the most exciting and pro electric bicycle article we can remember seeing. Very interesting facts and figures about how many people are using them already.

Cambridge at rush hour

50cycles had a base in Cambridge for nearly two years and in many ways it is cycling Nirvana – lots of serious, separate cycle tracks, miles of riverside riding, plentiful parking and tens of thousands of of fellow cyclists. This sped-up footage of the junction just to the south of the main college thoroughfare illustrates how a town ruled by bikes works. Look out for how most large vehicles make room for cyclists, but a couple of drivers clearly couldn’t care less!

Is there anywhere else in the UK where similar numbers of cyclists can be seen at certain times of day?

Off the grid

Off the grid 5We delivered a Sprint 7 to Nottingham University’s eco house yesterday.

Located on a hill close to the department for the built environment, it’s well placed to catch both the sunshine (for natural light and power) and prevailing winds (to spin the turbines and test the double glazing). The same hilliness means an electric bike will prove useful for getting around the campus.

As a company, we’re looking into more ways to make electric cycling an end-to-end energy-efficient, carbon-negative way to travel, so knowing at least one of our bikes is not relying on coal, oil or gas to fill its batteries is satisfying.

We think it’s likely that there are many more out there though. Please get in touch if your electric bike runs off the grid.

The Times backs bikes

The Times leader of 21 February 2007 questioned why cycling isn’t being considered more seriously as an alternative to cars.

“More than half of all car journeys in London cover distances of less than two miles. The car is a creature comfort, but the experience of a short drive in Central London is not necessarily a comfortable one. Many drivers endure grinding stop-and-start, culminating in fury at not being able to find a parking space. They are short of time. Yet many of those who are unemcumbered by children or shopping would save time — and money — by cycling.On an average journey of four miles in Central London, cycling is the fastest mode of transport. And, fumes and accidents apart, it is much healthier. Regular cycling is said to halve the chances of suffering from heart disease. Campaigners argue that regular cyclists can achieve levels of fitness comparable to those of noncyclists ten years younger. It is a way to reduce stress and demonstrate an environmental conscience at the same time. How modern.”

The article goes on to criticise the poor provision for cyclists in the capital and other British cities. When The Thunderer leads with something like this, it’s fair to say the tide is most definitely turning in favour of cyclists. And of course electric cyclists enjoy all these benefits, but arrive even sooner, less flustered and arguably more safely.