Tunbridge Wells Mayor pits e-bike against car. Who wins?


St John’s Church became the site of a mini-festival of cycling on Saturday, when local business Cycling Made Easy held an electric bike demo day on the church green. Joined by the Mayor of Royal Tunbridge Wells and representatives of some of the largest bicycle brands in the world, the green was transformed into a cycle paradise, with members of the public invited to hop on some of the most advanced electric bikes available in the UK.

“…this could well be the future…”

Mayor at Cycling Made Easy smallThe Mayor, David Neve, even proposed a ‘race’ between an e-bike and a car along St John’s Road to see if an e-bike could shorten journey times for people who are travelling through Tunbridge Wells. Despite the journey including a steep hill climb, the e-bike – cycled by the Mayor himself – completed the circuit in half the time it took the car. Mayor Neve commented:

“Fads come and go in cycles but this could well be the future, certainly for travel around town. There is a fantastic range, far more than I thought. It is good to have specialist shops in Tunbridge Wells.”

Joining Cycling Made Easy on the day were representatives from British-based bike suppliers Raleigh and Wisper, Royal Dutch Gazelle (the largest bike manufacturer in the Netherlands), Thule (supplier of bike racks) and Green Commute Initiative, which is a ‘salary sacrifice’ scheme that promotes the use of bicycles by businesses.

IMG_20170506_135910  Mayor at CME

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