September always seems to me to be the start of a new year after the summer break and when the children begin a new school year, often in different schools.
The upshot is that many people’s daily commutes are changed and now is a good time to consider whether a different method of travel is appropriate.
While children over the age of 14 are legally allowed to ride an electric bike on the public highway and could ride to school, it is generally adults who may have the option of commuting on an electric bike. For those who live up to 5 or 6 miles from work, the electric bike can be a viable alternative. You may well be able to average between 12 – 14 mph. using the pedal assist and arrive at work in about 30 mins and without breaking into a sweat. Some commute up to about 20 miles each way.
Purchase of an e-bike can be £1000 plus, but there are several different ways of paying for it, other than cash or credit card. For self-employed people, there is the possibility of 12 months interest Free Credit on the purchase, whereas for employees there are Cycle to Work schemes http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk which save on your Income Tax and National insurance, and can have financial advantages for the employer too.
Although, the standard Cyclescheme is limited to £1000 for employers who are registered with the FCA, the relatively new scheme http://PROc2w.co.uk has no such restrictions and may be more convenient for small employers and enable you to acquire a higher grade electric bike. You can check on line to see if your employer is registered.
There are many pros and cons to riding to work on two wheels, but as car parking at work can become more difficult and there are increasingly more Cyclepaths, maybe now is the time when your tipping point is reached getting to work some days a week, even through the winter, can have enough advantages to make it worthwhile, especially with the aid of an almost silent electric motor on board.
For some, the main worry is that they live at the top of a hill and they are concerned that the bike may not have enough battery power left for the final push home. This problem can often be allayed by having an extra charger at work and so setting off home with a full charge in the bike.
September 14th 2016 is National Cycle to Work Day and, of course, this includes electric bikes. If anyone want to borrow a bike for a day or two to see if they want to ride to work, please get in touch:- 01404 41692.