Caswell believes bike-sharing is here to stay and the next big change will come with the introduction of electric bikes. He plans to roll out a fleet of 200 e-bikes in Derby next spring.
“I have a few demo models and people absolutely love them,” he said.
Roberts agrees that e-bikes could attract a whole new audience to bike-sharing.
“They’ll give people who don’t normally cycle a back-up – maybe they’ve got a dodgy knee or a bad back, maybe they don’t want to get sweaty. With an e-bike they’ll be able to get up those hills,” she said.
I found this depressing if true but possibly untrue.