It’s long been known that the Dutch love their bicycles, in
fact anybody who has ever been on a stag do in Amsterdam will tell you that
dodging the city’s two-wheeled travellers is practically a spectator sport.
Such is their dedication to their bikes that they are frequently embracing the
latest trends to make cyclists’ lives easier.
The latest trend is for so called E-bikes, which can travel
at speeds equivalent to a 50cc moped with the benefit of being both
ecologically cleaner and quieter than a standard moped.
They’re much nicer to look at too, with a real focus on
pleasing design and usability making them far more appealing to young professionals.
They don’t even have to worry about getting stuck if their battery runs flat,
as the pedals will still be working perfectly well!
The bikes have been so popular amongst commuters that
Holland is planning an e-bike freeway, where riders could zip between the cities
of Groningen, Haren, Assen and Tynaarlo at speeds of up
to 30mph.
Needless to say that motorised bikes in Holland aren’t
subject to the same restrictions as they are in Britain, where anything capable
of travelling at speeds above 15mph must be registered as a motorbike. It’s a
quibble that groups like insurance company ETA have been speaking out over for
years, labelling the government’s stance toward electric vehicles ‘back to
front’, and urging a greater investment in infrastructure.

Personally we think that anything that can encourage people
onto a bike saddle, motorised or not, is a good move. Hopefully the UK wont be
too far behind Holland on the trail they’re blazing.

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