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Monthly Archives: October 2013
Just arrived and already on the charge! BH's 2014 Emotion Neo Cross is available for you to test ride this weekend. With some seriously nice design features including a regenerative braking system, detachable handle mounted LCD, front fork suspension and a huge and dependable 11.6 Ah Samsung battery ensuring you can make the most out of its 90km range, it will definitely make an impression!
As Melbournians we understand the fickle nature of our city's weather habits, with the old adage 'four seasons in one day' being thrown around at this time of year like grain farmers sowing their crop.
This time of year is also recorded as being the windiest due to the heating of inland air mixing with cooler air from the south - my point being, we are presented with a conundrum when facing our daily commute; be in a controlled environment sharing your personal space with some of Melbourne's 415,000 daily public transport users (that is 830,000 armpits!), be one of over 48,500 daily private vehicle commuters (rego, insurance, parking, fuel etc), or make the most of the temperate weather, breathing in the sights and sounds of an awakening city and cycle into a stiff head wind? But what if we could nix the headwind with a 250 watt electric motor, a rechargeable battery with a range well over 30 km's per charge, at a cost estimated to be less than 10 cents for each charge? With these basic bikes stats, a CBD worker could come from as far afield as Sunshine in the West, Campbellfield in the North, Burwood to the East and Hampton in the South, at an annual recharge cost of around $24… Couple this with The City of Melbourne's efforts in improving cycling infrastructure, commuting by bike is becoming more efficient, safer and economically viable than ever before and with the assistance of an e-bike - more attractive!
Wellington St, Collingwood is one of the major cycling arteries feeding northerners southwards - leading toward the MCG and its surrounding parklands, not to mention the Yarra River trails, parks and gardens and City attractions. So it made sense to us that every Saturday, Cargocycles open its doors between the hours of 10am 'til 3pm so you and your mates or family, can come along and test ride some of the great range we have in store. On Friday we charge - and we dust…Saturday we ride!
Along with the rising profile of electric bicycles as a useful form of transportation - the question is never far away; Is electrically assisted cycling cheating? Taking results achieved from a study in England, and realising the potential benefits increased bike use can have on individuals, communities and local economy alike, it would appear that cheating is not part of the equation, but merely a stigma attached to it by cycling purists.
If ebike use can increase an individuals mobility, encourages reduced dependence on large footprint transportation, is an effective alternative to purchasing a second car, and offers electrically assisted cycling as a means to become more active - the new kid on the block will weather the storm.