The growth of electric bikes in the UK must also be supported by electric charging points, say bicycle storage specialists Turvec, giving e-bike users the option to charge their bikes on the move or where they might not get the opportunity at home or at work.
Turvec primarily design bespoke bike storage solutions, such as lockers for folding bikes and secure bike parking facilities for Universities, commercial office buildings andresidential towers to give some examples. Some of these facilites have started to incorporate e-charging stations for e-bikes, and Turvec believe not enough of the onus is on charging points for e-bikes and other forms of urban-friendly electric transport. Co-founder of Turvec George Hosegood said: “The focus is very much on the development of e-charging stations for the automotive sector when consideration should be given to the wider demands of electric transport users, such as E-Bikes.
E-Bike sales are rapidly increasing, and use is growing significantly in the UK by both commuters and leisure users. Having access to bike charging lockers, particularly at transport hubs such as railway stations, can help cyclists who cannot charge them elsewhere, such as at work.”
An example of a Turvec e-charging station
E-bike usage is growing in the UK, and it's thought that not enough provisions are being given to cyclists despite this growth. The bike industry believes e-bike sales will continue to rise into the next decade and beyond, and Turvec believe as the streets get more congested more commuters living in towns and cities will turn to the e-bike as their primary mode of transport.
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