Eire’s first-ever e-bike marketing campaign was launched in the present day – and the place higher to do it than proper right here in Cork?
Lord Mayor of Cork Metropolis, Cllr Joe Kavanagh and Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley launched the wE-bike marketing campaign aimed toward selling the usage of e-bikes throughout Cork.
wE-bike is an initiative to advertise electrical bicycles as an on a regular basis commuting possibility in Cork metropolis and county, whereas displaying their economical and eco-friendly benefits.
The e-bike initiative follows shortly after modifications to the Cycle to Work Scheme, the place there was an increase from €1,000 to €1,250 for pedal bicycles and €1,500 for e-bikes.
The interval of 5 years has additionally been decreased to 4 years, permitting folks to use for the scheme once more each 4 years.
Quite a lot of e-bike functions will likely be focused throughout the wE-bike initiative, which coincides with Cork Bike Week, working from Friday September 18 – 27.
Along with this, 27 Credit score Unions in Cork are offering member owned monetary companies to assist cowl the prices of buying an e-bike.
Extra tools prices for the e-bike can be coated with this mortgage.
By extending the vary and flattening the hills, e-bikes allow folks to cycle over longer distances and hilly areas, and supply a more healthy and much cheaper solution to journey than your automobile.
Areas corresponding to work and college commutes, leisure journeys, reintroduction to biking for retirees, well being advantages and extra are simply a few of the social benefits that the undertaking hopes to impart to Cork’s public; along with reducing congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.
Gross sales of e-bikes and bicycles have risen in Eire since March, notably throughout the latest lockdown interval, which noticed many individuals return to biking as opposed to automobiles when making native journeys.
Regardless of this, three in 4 journeys in Eire are nonetheless made by automobile regardless that greater than half of all journeys are lower than 8km, based on latest information from the Central Statistics Workplace. Cork’s new e-bike marketing campaign hopes to additional the optimistic modifications in attitudes.
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh mentioned: “Individuals are turning into more and more fascinated by e-bikes as they’re a brilliant solution to maintain us wholesome, cut back carbon emissions, and never least, are a really nice method of getting round. Cork’s future is being constructed on sustainability and local weather motion so it’s nice to see the Metropolis and County Councils working collectively on this progressive initiative.
“Cork is residence to stunning sights and surroundings and is the proper county to expertise whereas biking,” mentioned Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley. “This initiative encourages journey in a sustainable and environmentally pleasant method, whereas reaping the advantages to well being and wellbeing and having fun with our stunning environment.”
Sandy McGroarty, Coordinator of the Transport and Mobility Discussion board and wE-bike Cork, who’re one of many companions within the marketing campaign, mentioned: “We really feel proud to be the primary devoted electrical biking advocacy group in Eire and hope to encourage different counties to comply with us in our pursuit to share the enjoyment of electrical biking. We may have a digital launch on Worldwide Automotive Free Day twenty second September as a part of our on-line screening of Motherload and panel dialogue.” *
E-bike battery know-how has additionally developed significantly in latest instances with most high quality e-bikes in the present day fitted with a Lithium-ion Battery.
“In most bikes the battery could be unlocked and eliminated by its proprietor for charging, however some don’t,” says Patrick Murray of Metropolis View Wheels in Cork, who’ve offered e-bikes for trial functions to marketing campaign advocates, Deirdre O’Shaughnessy and Stevie G.
“When you don’t have entry to an influence level the place you retailer your bike, you will need to select a mannequin with a detachable battery.”
The wE-bike Cork initiative options seven e-bike ambassadors situated all through the town and county whose lives have been reworked by e-bikes.
To search out out extra about their tales, go to we-bike.ie.