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Electric Bike Trials

bike trial riders Jane Flood (left) and Jane Cox
on Raleigh Dover Ebikes

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Hampshire is continuing to work with the Four Marks and Medstead communities to pilot a sustainable transport project. This pilot scheme hopes to demonstrate new ways of tackling rural transport issues. The 'ebikes' look and feel like a normal bike but there is a battery to give you power assistance when you start heading up hills, which will be inevitable when you return to Medstead or Four Marks as they are the highest settlements in Hampshire! There was a launch event just before the start of the pilot which included a full demonstration of the bikes.

The results of the pilot trail were published in November 2011. See:
2-page summary (PDF)  ::  Full 36pp report

Latest: The South Downs Electric Bicycle Network was launched on 3rd April 2012 - see press release (Apr 2012) :: BBC South Today news clip.

E-bike trial, May 2011

On offer were 12 pedal bikes and some informal training, for those who have not been on a bike for a while. Camilla Swiderska, leader of the electric bike pilot scheme handed out leaflets and forms to shoppers at Reads Butchers one Saturday morning in March 2011. The project was also well received at the Four Marks Community Fair held at the Village Hall on 12 March. More forms have been distributed around shops and the Doctors Surgery and recruitment continued till the middle of April. For further information on the trail and what is happening now, please contact Camilla Swiderska, CPRE Hampshire on 01730 827865 or

Photo Credit: The Electric Transport Shop

This page last updated 4th April 2012.