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City chiefs rule out electric bike option for OAPs

THERE will be no "electric option'' for older folk using the free Dublin bike scheme.

City chiefs in London are set to trial electric bikes, with the aim of giving a major gee up to more mature peddlers.

But their counterparts in Dublin said the option is not on the cards – even on a trial basis.

A Dublin City Council spokesman said an e-bikes scheme has been ruled out "at present or in the future".

He added: "We have our own biking plan that we're committed to – we don't have any plans to introduce such a scheme at any stage." E-bikes are especially useful in hilly areas or for people who are older or have reduced mobility problems.

Riders still have to pedal but an inbuilt battery provides considerable back-up assistance.


Options for users include using a motor to help when climbing or, where necessary, to make the bike completely powered for mobility.

The e-bikes under consideration can travel a range of 20 miles at 15mph on a single charge.

Electrically-assisted bicycles will become a common sight on the streets of London after one borough in the north of the capital was chosen to trial Britain's first electric cycle hire scheme.

No special licence, additional equipment or insurance is needed under the London scheme.

The existing Dublin bikes network will increase to 102 stations and 1,500 bikes by next July.

Over six million journeys have been made since the scheme transformed public transport in the capital in September 2009.