Electrifying Cycling around Morecambe Bay!

Fri, 2017-05-26 13:31

A brand new electric bike network, developed by Morecambe Bay Partnership, and run by local businesses, is launching around Morecambe Bay this summer, in a bid to open up the spectacular coastline and hinterland of South Lakes and North Lancashire, for residents and visitors to explore.

The Morecambe Bay Electric Bike Network provides the perfect way to explore the villages, towns, countryside and coastline of Morecambe Bay’s stunning landscape with the subtle but powerful assistance of an electric bike - without the strain of steep inclines or having to break a sweat!

It uses the Visit Lancashire Award winning Bay Cycle Way (NCN700), also developed by Morecambe Bay Partnership, as the main spine of the Network, with hire and charge points located around the Bay, from the Furness Peninsula to Lancaster, making it what is believed to be the UK’s first long distance cycle route that is accessible by electric bike.

It is hoped the new network will open up cycling around the Bay to a wider range of people such as those who are new or returning to cycling, and those who lack confidence or feel that their fitness is not up to exploring the area on a traditional bike. It will also bring additional business to local cafes, accommodation providers and attractions in the area.

Electric bike hire and charge points will be available at Gleaston Water Mill (Furness), Velo Bikes (Ulverston), Coal Yeat Cottages (Broughton Beck), Lake District Bikes (Lowick), Witherslack Bunk Barn (nr Grange-over-Sands), Arnside Independent Hostel & Study Centre (Arnside) and The Edge Cycleworks (Lancaster). There will be further e-bike charge points at Conishead Head Priory (near Ulverston), Grange Now (Grange-over-Sands) and Arnside Chip Shop. Bespoke Bikes in Flookburgh will offer a charge point and, as a centre of technical expertise for e-bikes, will be able to help with any technical issues.

The Morecambe Bay Electric Bicycle Network has been set up with funding from Coastal Communities Fund and South Lakeland District Council. It aims to support the growth of sustainable tourism in Morecambe Bay.

Susannah Bleakley, from Morecambe Bay Partnership, said:

Getting around Morecambe Bay by bike is fabulous, but often people feel that they don’t have the fitness required to go biking, and hills do tend to put a lot of people off. Electric bikes give you a boost on those ‘ups’, and provide a fantastic way for a lot more people to have a fun and active day out.

 

The introduction of the electric bike network is a really exciting development for the Morecambe Bay area.  Lots of cyclists are already experiencing the many wonders of this special place at a relaxed pace, taking in the stunning views and sampling the mouthwatering local produce all wrapped up with a big Morecambe Bay welcome. The electric bikes provide a fun and easy way for locals and visitors to leave their cars behind and truly experience the wonders the Bay has to offer.

Electric bike hire is already available at some of the Morecambe Bay Electric Bike Network outlets, prior to the official launch of the network, so enthusiastic riders, keen to explore the Bay by electric bike, are invited to contact the hire points now!

The electric bike network is launching in July 2017. Find out more and find booking information and Hire Point contacts here.

Image credit: John Sutcliffe, Lake District Bikes

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