Could electric bikes be the answer to Preston's traffic problems?

Electric bikes could be riding to the rescue of commuters in Preston's traffic-choked city centre.

Wednesday, 3rd May 2017, 9:29 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:36 pm
Trying out electric bikes in Avenham Park as part of an initiative to promote green commuting. Ben Stokes of Leisure Lakes bikes maintaining the bikes.

The eco-friendly alternative to cars went on view in Avenham Park at the weekend as part of a national initiative for greener transport. And manufacturers believe they could ease jams which build up around rush hour and busy shopping periods.

“The idea is to promote a greener commute,” said Tim Noy, a director of Leisure Lakes Bikes who recently opened a new bike hub at the city’s railway station.

“It’s about travellers giving up their cars for a couple of days a week to help reduce pollution.”

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Trying out electric bikes in Avenham Park as part of an initiative to promote green commuting. Paul Wood.

Two of the largest manufacturers of electric bikes were in Preston to give visitors the chance to test ride the machines on a 15-minute loop around the park.

The Green Commute Initiative is part of a Government plan which offers riders up to 42 per cent discount on electric bikes.

Trying out electric bikes in Avenham Park as part of an initiative to promote green commuting. Paul Wood.