Boris to trial e-bike scheme in hilly North London

Help could soon be at hand for the less upwardly mobile. Or rather, people less able to cycle up steep inclines, as Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced that an experimental fleet of electric bicycles are to hit the steep streets around Muswell Hill next year.

The electric bikes will be trialled in the Borough of Haringey as an extension of the successful Barclays bike hire scheme that operates across central London.

However, the trial will be a self-contained system and bikes will not be interchangeable with existing Boris bikes and their docking stations.

“E-bikes are already big on the continent because they take the puff and pant out of cycling,” said the Mayor. “Once again, London is leading the way in Britain with new cycling innovations and the elevated latitudes of Haringey are perfect for this trial.”

Electric bikes are powered with a small motor that runs from a battery pack. When the user begins to run out of energy, the little motor can be used to help take them the rest of the way.

Claire Kober, the leader of Haringey council said: “This project with the Mayor of London underpins our commitment to being one of the capital’s greenest boroughs and to promoting and rewarding greener travel through improved cycling facilities and sustainable transport across Haringey.

“Together, we can encourage more people to leave their cars at home and offer the next generation of cyclists safer and better routes around our borough.”

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