The doors at the award-winning EBIKE Cafe@Deheers, on Custom House Quay, Weymouth, will be flung open to welcome you to the ‘test the best’ eBike event on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th April.
EBIKE Cafe @ Deheers, has teamed up with market-leading California electric bike brand, Specialized to offer two days of entirely free test rides of their iconic, quality eBikes. They are encouraging new and experienced cyclists to come along and try the latest innovations.
Owners, Peter Claxton and Josephine Parker run the EBIKE Cafe @ Deheers and champion an active lifestyle, healthier eating and a positive mental wellbeing. They chose to work with the Specialized brand because the company shares their commitment to pedal the planet forward with quality, long-lasting eBikes, whilst prioritising minimising their environmental footprint.
Peter Claxton says, “we have partnered with market leader in eBikes ‘Specialized’ to offer a self-guided 25-minute test ride. They are true experts in their field and will join us to offer guidance and answer any questions you may have.”
He continued, “with the cost of living on a steep upward curve, we are all looking for ways to bring costs down. Ditching the car and travelling by electric bike will not only benefit your pocket but your overall health and well being. eBikes enable easy commutes and journeys with less effort. But don’t take my word for it, try for yourself at our free event”.
Recent research by #BikeIsBest and the Active Travel Academy found that achieving widespread use of eBikes as well as conventional bikes could replace three million car trips to work and 10% of carbon emissions from commuting nationally. Co-owner Josephine Parker has been looking into the stats at a local level.
Josephine Parker says, “when it comes to carbon emissions, Dorset is above the national average. In 2018 alone, 4,102 million vehicle kilometres were travelled within the area, with 283,450 vehicles registered in Dorset (2019)1. It is no surprise that transport is our biggest emitting sector, contributing 44% of the total carbon emissions or an estimated 765 kt CO2 right here, where we live. But the tide is changing and investment in cycle routes, supporting legislation and the higher cost of living is bringing cycling to the fore”.
Peter adds, “The eBike is a powerful tool in the fight against climate change, the assisted pedalling encourages more and longer trips on two wheels to replace those taken by car. With increasing housing development in the County and more congestion on our roads, many of our customers have reported eBikes are often faster, cheaper on a per-mile basis, and more fun than sitting in traffic”.
Adam Wight, event and experience coordinator from the iconic Specialized brand, agrees.
Adam Wight says, ”We are delighted to be hosting this Specialized eBike ride experience with the EBIKE cafe @ Deheers.We share their passion for sustainable active travel and their welcoming, inclusive vibe.
He continues, “Specialized are much sought after for their quality, exceptional comfort and smooth, powerful efficiency.And because we all come in different sizes with different transport needs, there is a Specialized eBike to meet your individual requirements. Whether you are looking for your daily commute, faster workouts or day out adventure, you can find out firsthand how our bikes ride and quiz our expertly trained staff. So, if you would like to be zipping around with ease on cutting edge two-wheelers, do book your place to learn more and Test the Best for yourself.”
The Free Specialized eBike ride experience will be held on Thursday 7th April and Friday 8th April from 9am to 4.45pm. Just book your place at www.ebikecafe.co.uk. On the day, expect a warm welcome, enjoy a complimentary beverage and experience the benefits of riding an eBike. All safety equipment will be provided and there will be Covid safe procedures in place.
- According to a study carried out by the European Cyclist Federation, taking the complete life cycle of each transportation mode into account, our approximate carbon emissions when using each vehicle are:
- Bicycle: 21 g CO2/km traveled
- Electric bike: 22 g CO2/ km traveled
- Passenger car: 271 g CO2/ km traveled
- Bus: 101 CO2/ km traveled
- All manner of car technologies have been proposed to solve the CO2 emissions problem. Hybrid and battery electric vehicles reduce the lifetime emissions of car travel, but not nearly so much as if replacing car use with e-bikes.
Vehicle Lifecycle CO2 emissions g/km
- electric bike 22
- Battery electric car-Nissan Leaf 104
- Hybrid car – Toyota Prius 168
- Petrol car – EU average 258
Source: Carbon Brief, 2019. Factcheck: How electric vehicles help to tackle climate changeOpens in a new tab
Source: Hall, D. and Lusty, N. 2018. Effects of battery manufacturing on electric vehicle life-cycle greenhouse gas emissionsOpens in a new tab