Government must do more to encourage e-bikes, says charity

The government must do more to encourage electric-bikes in order to deliver clean air and economic growth, says London-based climate charity Ashden.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a surge in bicycle use, with local authorities and national government pledging more support for cycling.

As life begins to return to normal e-bikes are expected to increase in popularity as active, low-carbon and less polluting travel is encouraged. 

However, Ashden have highlighted that e-bike ownership in Britain is still far behind many other European countries. 

Data from the Bicycle Association has shown that e-bike sales per capita are 20 times higher in Belgium and the Netherlands and at least 7 times higher in Sweden, Austria and Germany. 

Therefore, the charity is calling on the government to do more to encourage e-bikes. 

CEO of Ashden, Harriet Lamb said: ‘The government has pledged to invest in active travel, and we must make sure e-bikes are at the heart of these plans.

‘E-bikes can speed us towards a fairer, better society, easing the air pollution that chokes our inner cities and helping older people and the less fit switch from four wheels to two. 

‘Politicians must act. Support for e-bikes through cycle to work schemes is welcome, but these initiatives are not open to jobseekers and some older and disabled people — groups that should be prioritised in our green recovery and are most affected by current restrictions on public transport.

‘We need broader financial incentives for e-bike ownership, like the grants and subsidies offered in other European countries, where e-bikes are more popular.’

In related news, bike-sharing and micro-mobility company Beryl has launched a new campaign to encourage cycling as lockdown eases across the UK.

The Better By Bike campaign will introduce a number of local promotions by working with local council partners in Bournemouth, Poole, Hereford, Norwich, Watford and London. 

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4 years ago

The UK continues to be completely lacking in proper cycle paths compared to the likes of Holland so hardly surprising that people are not prepared to put their lives in danger when they could drive and be much safer.

steve jay
steve jay
4 years ago

Once again, focus is on city dwellers. Ask a man to cycle 5 to 10 miles to work, in all weathers, then do 8 hours of manual work and cycle home again, quite possibly in the dark, with winter ice and snow, five and a half days a week and see what the reply will be! Electric bike or not.

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