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

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

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.

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

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

“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.”

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.