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Riding to revolutionise sustainable transport

THE latest in sustainable transport technology will be showcased in Hobart this month at the inaugural Electric Bicycle Rally.

The rally aims to introduce electric bicycles (e-bikes) the wider Hobart community by brining e-bike owners together in a mass event.

Event organiser Alan Whykes said e-bikes were a fun and convenient mode of transport that had rapidly grown in popularity.

“E-bikes can be a way of getting into cycling for people who don’t feel particularly fit or confident,” he said.

Recent legislative changes have meant that Tassie is coming into line with the rest of Australia and indeed with Europe.

“It is a sign that e-bikes have truly arrived and that street-legal machines sold in Australia will be safe to own and operate, and will co-exist well with other bicycles and traffic in Hobart.”

The rally will start at 10am and will include a free test ride session, a relaxed group ride for e-bike owners and an e-bike exhibition at MONA markets (MoMa).

Local bike shops Bike Ride, Eco-Bikes, Ken Self Cycle Centre and Tas Mobility will run test rides.

“We are hoping for a big turnout of people who already own e-bikes,” Mr Whykes said.

“You can come along and enjoy some snacks while getting to know other owners and swapping stories about your bike.

“Please come early and register for the fun ride, it is only $10 or $5 for Bicycle Tasmania members.

“After the ride we will take our electric bikes up to the MONA market and park them in a group so people at the market can come over and look and ask e-bike experts questions.”

The Electric Bicycle Rally is supported by the Climate Change Office and MONA.

For more information go to biketas.org/ebike_rally or contact Alan Whykes on 0400 588 796.

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