Could electric bikes ease rush hour congestion in Ipswich?

Arriving at the office on a Batribike electric cycle. Picture: DAVID VINCENT

Arriving at the office on a Batribike electric cycle. Picture: DAVID VINCENT - Credit: Archant

As we look to greener fuels and easing traffic chaos, more of us are turning to electric vehicles but could the two-wheeled variety be the perfect solution?

Could electric cycles be the answer to urban congestion? We tried out the Batribike Omega electric b

Could electric cycles be the answer to urban congestion? We tried out the Batribike Omega electric battery powered bike from Davey Bros. Picture: DAVID VINCENT - Credit: Archant

David Vincent gave the electric cycle a try and borrowed a Batribike from Davey Bros, for a couple of days.

His trial including commuting to our Portman Road office. Here he gives us his review.

As drivers we don't often add up the true cost of motoring; car purchase price (or loan), road tax, maintenance and repairs, MOT tests, insurance premiums and putting fuel in the tank.

The Omega electric bike I tried needs no road tax, you charge it a home overnight, and insurance is optional although if I had one I would take out a comprehensive policy.

The Warren Heath junction by Sainsbury's, a nightmare for cyclists. Picture: DAVID VINCENT

The Warren Heath junction by Sainsbury's, a nightmare for cyclists. Picture: DAVID VINCENT - Credit: Archant

The bike itself costs £1,200.

Paul Davey, of Davey Bros, says one overnight charge will provide about 80 miles of light use, plenty for around town.

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The Batribike has seven gears and will assist you whenever you want it, especially climbing hills.

It has a Dutch look to it, and resembles a regular pedal bike.

It switches on with a key, and there are LED lights front and back.

I went out to Trimley St Mary and back on Sunday afternoon via Bucklesham. It was a really pleasant ride with the extra power of the battery.

Returning on the Felixstowe to Ipswich cycle route I found drivers were passing too close, even speeding up to "buzz" me.

Sadly don't have enough cycle-only routes in Suffolk.

The economic, environmental and fitness arguments can't be disputed and I certainly enjoyed two days of biking, but the weather was ideal this week.

Would I be so keen on a November morning when I would need to cover-up in wet weather gear?

Possibly not.

Having tried the electric bike, I have been inspired to get my regular pedal cycle out again for the weekends.

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