Electric Bikes on Breakfast TV

CYCLING cruised into the fast lane in the Peak District – when a new electric bike scheme was showcased on national television.

The launch of the Electric Bicycle Network – the first of its kind in the UK – was featured on BBC1’s morning news programme BBC Breakfast, which attracts around seven million viewers a day.

David James, chief executive of tourist board Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, was interviewed about the electric bicycles by reporter Jenny Hill – who gave one of the 15mph gadgets a try herself, and enjoyed a cuppa in the Hassop Station cafe.

I would like to know what safety provisions have been put in place. If a bike is capable of 15mph, it is capable of causing serious harm if put in the wrong hands. As a frequent user of the trails in question the average cyclist has no regard for pedestrians at all. So what will it be like with these speed machines.

Will the potential hirer be tested for proficiency? Will the hirer be schooled in etiquette of the trail? And as for David James comments of “Not only do they promote health they’re also environmentally-friendly!” – don’t make me laugh.

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