A Successful Launch for our 6 Month E-bike Trial

Sunday saw the launch of the Talybont-on-Usk Energy Electric Bike Trial.

Over 50 people attended on Sunday and enjoyed a sunny day of trying out a wide range of electric bikes. People trying out bikes included our Roger Williams MP and our local County Councill Liam Fitzpatrick.

Our supplier of electric bikes OnBike (www.onbike.co.uk) brought a wide range of bikes down from Presteigne but even so there were times when people were having to wait for bikes to be returned so that they could have a go.

Fortunately there were plenty of cakes, scones and flapjacks (provided by ToUE Directors) as well as cups of tea and coffee to build up peoples energy reserves whilst waiting for bikes.

All donations for the refreshments were donated to Ty Hafan (www.tyhafen.org) – a chaildres hospice. Over £50 was raised so thank you to everyone who donated.

On the day 20 people signed up to take part in the trial.

If you were not able to make the launch it is not too late to take part in the trial. The trial is open to residents and employees in the Brecon Beacons area from April to October 2009.

The aim of the trial is to enable people to try commuting, shopping, etc by electric bike to see if it works for them. Both individuals and local businesses can take part – individuals (or couples!) can borrow our bikes for a day or two and local businesses can borrow our bikes for up to a week so that their employees can try commuting on them.

Taking part in the trial is free but we do ask for a nominal £5 to cover insurance. We also ask you to fill in two short surveys – one before you use the bike and one after.

You can also take part by volunteering to host the bikes in your community and help promote the trial.

To book your bike, or for more information, contact Alison and Peter on 01874 665401 or e-mail them at alison@prospectory.co.uk

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