“It’s clear the UK faces the chance of an imminent transport disaster; we’re about to see practically 9 million kids go back to school and 9.6m workers coming off furlough,” says Tom McPhail, Pure Electrical’s director of public affairs.
“With social distancing and public nervousness about shared transport, buses and trains are going to wrestle to take up the slack. If everybody will get in a automotive, the end result will likely be gridlock. The reply is micromobility: strolling, bikes, e-bikes and scooters.”
And with a ardour for pedalling coming immediately from Downing Road, ministers are on firmly board, Butler-Adams says.
“It’s the primary time in a technology that folks have thought significantly, within the highest ranges of presidency, that biking is [thought of] as a mode of transport… We’ve by no means seen that in 50 years.”
Chris Heaton-Harris, biking minister, says: “We all know individuals are biking additional than ever, which is why e-bikes could possibly be the proper possibility for individuals who are older, much less match or not wanting to interrupt a sweat on their commute.”