Day of the E-Bikes

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Electric bike riders, fresh and seasoned, gathered outside Cardigan’s Small World Theatre to share bike experiences. The flocking was part of Climate Matters, a day put on by Cardigan XR.

Rozanna argued with her husband when she told him she wanted an e-bike, he said it would be a waste of money and marched with her to the bike shop. They came out with two bikes, his and hers, and now their three teenage boys also have one each. She said it has transformed their lives,and freed them from the time and expense of ferrying children and themselves in endless car journeys. When they only had pushbikes, the dreaded hills put them off.

The cyclists compared their mounts; there were cargo bikes, trailer bikes, foldables, lightweight converted bikes, bikes as strong as horses, and as light as gazelles, with costs similarly wide ranging.

Helen is disabled and has to have a light bike she can fold at the flick of a lever, to get on buses. The downside is people can’t believe a cyclist is physically disabled. The upside is the freedom and joy. She can maintain her own Chinese-made affordable bikes and has ridden them for 20 years.

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For Albert and his partner, the bike is a business workhorse – they have no car. They travel as a family with mum and toddler in the trailer, or it’s full of local vegetables to turn into preserves, or laden with the jars of kombucha they make, on their way to shops and stalls.

Albert says motorists are not trained to share the road with other users, but it’s everyone’s road. They notice drivers learning from encounters with them and driving differently next time.

‘Learning to drive should include learning to share the road with all its users,’ says Albert.

Climate Matters group

Many organisations set up stall alongside a day of speakers on climate-related topics.

Grwp Resilience organised the bike flocking as part of ‘Kitawake’ – a project to bring affordable green equipment to Wales’ rural economy through a network of trusted suppliers and manufacturers at home and abroad. The hope is to replace a warring destructive global economy with long-term collaborative relationships.

Photos from NickSwannell

 

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