ARE you keen to do your bit for the environment and ditch your car, but not sure about making the move to traditional pedal power?
An electric bike could be the solution – and the Post has teamed up with Big Green Week to offer readers the chance to win one of their own, worth nearly £2,000.
The UK’s first festival of environmental ideas, art and culture is taking place from June 9-17 and on the first Sunday (June 10), Park Street will be closed to traffic for the Atmosphere Electric Bike World Championships.
The event will showcase one of the best features of electric bikes – how easily they can get up hills.
You could get your hands on one of your own by filling out the entry form below.
The adult bike has been donated by manufacturers Hero Eco through Bristol shop Atmosphere Electric Bikes, which is at the bottom of Jacobs Wells Road.
It is a white Hero Eco Ultra Motor A-B hybrid 26′, which retails at £1,799.
Charged from mains electricity, electric bikes use low voltage motors and technically advanced batteries to boost traditional pedal power.
This means that you can cycle along as normal, losing none of the enjoyment and the motor will help you when the going gets tough up hills.
Another benefit is that you don’t need to have special cycling clothes, or even have a shower when you get to your destination – everyday clothes are fine and you won’t be working up too much of a sweat.
But the low impact exercise you get on one of the bikes is better for your fitness than sitting in your car.
And of course there is the environmental benefit – an electric bike’s carbon footprint is just 2.6g of carbon dioxide per mile.
For more information on events at Big Green Week and to buy tickets, visit the festival’s website at www.biggreenweek.com.