Trudy Harrison MP for Copeland enjoyed a demonstration of the benefits of electric bikes or e-bikes during English Tourism Week.
Meeting with the team from Cyclewise at their depot in Whinlatter, and later joining them on an e-bike for a scenic forest trail.
At the meeting Mrs Harrison was joined for discussions by Cyclewise’s Directors Rich Martin, Sue Martin and Amy Scott, and Mandy Bailey from Active Cumbria.
They spoke about the popularity of e-bikes both for local people and those on cycling holidays and the organisations’ joint work to deliver Bikeability training in Cumbrian schools.
Mrs Harrison said: “I’d like to thank Cyclewise for a brilliant introduction to the benefits of e-bikes, especially for big hills.
“During English Tourism Week, it was fantastic to visit Whinlatter Forest to try out the trails and find out why there’s such a surge in adult bikeability.
“Learning about Cyclewise’s work with Active Cumbria and with Cumbrian primary schools and hearing about the difference they make was inspirational and reinforced the importance of cycle training for every child.”
Rich Martin, Director of Cyclewise, added: “It was a pleasure to meet Trudy and have the opportunity to celebrate with her our successful delivery of Bikeability to Cumbrian schools.
“It was clear she shared our passion to get more people on bikes and shared her exciting plans to help make this happen.
“However, the highlight has to be the ride on an e-bike through our wonderful Whinlatter Forest, sharing the views and excitement that bikes can offer.
“We agreed that bikes are the answer.”