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e-bikes

Our 2018 summer competition asked what had transformed your cycling life – little did we anticipate the incredible impact of e-bikes on the lives of 5 of the competition entrants.  This led us to produce the factsheet below, Why E-bike, using their experiences as its basis.

Why e-bike?  Spokes factsheet [pdf 2.5MB] – includes local suppliers of e-bikes (and cargo bikes) plus loans and grants to help with purchases.  Please help promote the factsheet by retweeting here.

Public Liability Insurance

Although the electric bike regulations generally treat e-bikes in the same way as pedal cycles (eg use of footpaths and shared footways) they are “mechanically propelled vehicles” (mpv’s) and an e-cyclist could fall foul of regulations (eg regarding alcohol or other drugs) which apply to the use of any mpv.  See the references on our legal questions page.

Note that most (but not all) house insurance policies exclude public liability cover for mpv’s, so if you wish to rely on a house policy for e-bike public liability cover, you must check this.

Other e-bike materials