If you’re looking for a way to get more active in 2020, maybe an ebike is the way to get you going further and faster!

Electric pedal-assisted bikes (ebikes) are just like regular bikes, but with a battery and motor to give you a bit more oomph – they’re becoming more of a regular sight on the roads and paths of Edinburgh and other cities. They charge off a regular plug socket, and a full battery will take you up to 100 miles for as little as five pence.

They aren’t just convenient, they’re also great for the planet. By choosing a bike over a car or other method of transport, you’re doing your bit to reduce emissions and improve air quality. In built-up areas and cities, like Edinburgh, air quality is a really big issue. Cycling makes the whole world a better place!

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We love ebikes here at Changeworks, and our Affordable Warmth Advisor Ceri Smalridge has been using one to get about in Edinburgh recently while working. Going to meetings and appointments in and around Edinburgh, parking can be tricky, so the ebike was the perfect solution.

“It’s fun, convenient and gets you up the hills much easier. It’s perfect for arriving at meetings not tired or sweaty!”

Ceri didn’t realise just how easy the ebike was until he got in the saddle – and has yet to find any drawbacks. Ebikes can travel up to 15.5mph, so even journeys that would feel long on a normal bike can zip by in a flash.

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If you don’t know where to start when it comes to ebikes, Home Energy Scotland is here to help. Funded by the Scottish Government, Changeworks’ delivers Home Energy Scotland advice centres in the South East of Scotland and Highlands and Islands on behalf of Energy Saving Trust.

To find out more, or to hear about the interest free loan available for ebikes through Transport Scotland, give Home Energy Scotland a call for free on 0808 808 2282 to chat to one of their advisors.