Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Solving the transport problem
OK, so we all know that we've got to come up with some other way of getting around our towns and cities. We simply cannot carry on with the automobile, not for all of us, all the time. So, what should we use as an alternative? OK, so we could have public transport but things like light rail cost an absolute fortune. No, really, more than buying every user a car. Buses don't actually have high rider figures, making them as well inefficient.
So, what can we in fact use? Well, what about an electric bike? The bicycle itself is of course well known, but if you're in a hilly area, or if you as an individual are not that fit, then there's a problem. And this is something that Electric Bikes solve very well. For example, hills.....just use the electric engine to go up the hill then turn it off for the flat and or the downhill part. In fact, that's pretty much having all the fun of a bicycle with none of the problems, all fun and no effort.
(Why is there a part of me that thinks that some Greens won't like them. Saving Gaia should hurt! you can hear them say).
Actually, the more I think about this the more I like the idea of an Electric Bicycle . I myself am getting to an age where fighting with hills is losing its appeal (and the knees don't like it either) and I also live in a hilly area. So why not?
Click through the links there to see what we're talking about. You can get 15- 20 mph on the battery and engine alone (rather more than I usually manage under pedal power) and again, on the battery alone, you've got a range of up to 20 miles. For most people, most of the time, this sounds like a really good solution. The ease of cycling without the effort. Why not check it out?
Posted by Tim Worstall at 8:21:00 pm