New fleet of electric bikes for Northumberland coast

A new fleet of electric bikes are now available to help visitors get out and explore the beautiful landscape of the Northumberland coast without having to use their cars.

Six electric bikes are available for hire from either Alnwick or Seahouses, or delivery can be arranged to visitors’ accommodation and cost £25 for a day’s hire.

The bikes make cycling easier, giving cyclists a boost from a motor when they need it.

Michael Curry, from the Adventure Northumberland Bike Shop in Alnwick, where bikes can be hired, said: “The bikes are really comfortable to ride, with soft saddles and a step-through option.

“Whenever you pedal you get a boost from the lightweight motor built into the front wheel of the bike, this takes the strain out of hills or cycling into a head-wind. All of the bikes have pannier racks and panniers can also be hired”.

Funding to buy the electric bikes came from Northern Lands – a programme of projects designed to develop the tourism product of the North East’s protected landscapes so that they attract more visitors, encourage existing ones to stay longer and inspire more to spend more in rural businesses and communities.

Iain Robson, from the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, said: “Encouraging visitors to use their cars less during their stay, by having more car-free days, is one of our tourism priorities.”

Visit www.adventure northumberland.co.uk or www.boardsandbikes.co.uk