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Pedal power: BATCAN hosts e-bike expo

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Brimscombe and Thrupp Climate Action Network (BATCAN) organised an electric bike exhibition at Stroud Brewery on Sunday.

Electric bikes (e-bikes) often look like conventional bicycles but feature an electric motor and a rechargeable battery which assists the rider’s pedal power – most notably when riding uphill.

Organiser Gisela Blee said: “We call this Stroud Bike Expo and it was organised under the auspices of BATCAN. Stroud Brewery kindly gave us the use of their car park and we contacted four e-bike sellers, Ark Cycles, The Bike Works, EDEMO and The Electric Bike Shop Stroud. We’ve also asked people to bring their bikes so you can talk to real owners.

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From left: Jonathan Hodgkins from The Bike Works, Mike Swinford from The Ark Cycles, organiser Gisela Blee, and Dexter Gibson, manager of The Electric Bike Shop in Stroud with some examples of e-bikes. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

“The event is to increase awareness – people may not realise they can go to the shops and commute to work – and to encourage more cycling.

“Stroud has got particular challenges with many hills, and English weather is not always the best. An e-bike cuts out the hills and makes it a much more pleasurable experience, you don’t end up hot and sweaty when you cycle to work, so great for commuting, great for shopping and great for getting around.”

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