An Isle of Man tour operator has secured a legislation change allowing him to run cycling tours on Pedego electric bikes.
Having applied to the Department of Infrastructure in December, tour operator Richard Cuthbert was granted the legislation tweak he'd sought by January 21st, which will now permit the use of electric bikes capable of 15.5mph and with a battery limit from 200 to 250 Watts. These regulations now sit in line with mainland Europe. The UK's current e-bike laws, which are under scrutiny from experts, can be found here.
After months of planning, Cuthbert is ready to launch Pedego Isle of Man as a responsible, sustainable tour operator and bikes sales business.
David Cretney, the Minister of the Department of Infrastructure at the time of the application, amended the legislation. Cretney is a former Tourism and Leisure Minister.
He said: “Tourism is very important to the Isle of Man and I am particularly pleased to welcome this environmentally friendly new business venture, it is an exciting addition to the many leisure and tourism activities we have on the island.
“Richard and Shirley are responsible operators with many years of experience. I wish them well and I’m confident they will provide a quality service for both residents and visitors.”
Richard Cuthbert added: “One of the greatest pleasures is seeing people ride a Pedego electric bicycle for the first time. The joy and surprise at just how good they are never fails to bring a smile.”
The firm's guided tours start at Douglas Sea Terminal, while sales will take place from Richard’s home in Union Mills.
Richard believes that he personally is saving £1,400 per year on fuel and parking fees, as well as actually getting to work quicker by using his Pedego bike to commute five miles each day from Union Mills to Douglas.
For more information visit www.pedegoisleofman.co.uk