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MP sparks up electric debate on pedal power

16th October 2020

West Worcestershire MP has offered her support to an electric revolution which will help more people to abandon cars and public transport to get around.

The MP chatted to staff in Halfords store in Malvern about the surge in bike use and the increasing popularity of electric-powered bikes and scooters over recent months. Harriett has encouraged local authorities to enhance their plans to make it easier for cycle users and pedestrians.

The Government started a £25 million voucher scheme in May which helps people to get their old bikes back on the road and Halfords is one of a number of sellers helping more people to buy their own bike through the Cycle to Work scheme which helps to spread the cost of purchase and offers savings up to 40 per cent on bikes and accessories.

Harriett was also shown the latest models of electric bikes and scooters which are making it easier for people who are not regular cyclists.

Harriett said: “We’ve seen cycle journeys doubled since lockdown and I am a huge fan of pedal power, both for health reasons and also to reduce the number of vehicles on our busy roads.

“I’m grateful that Halfords took the time to brief me on how they are helping more people to get onto bikes and scooters and I fully support their efforts.

“I was also impressed with the help they have offered key workers with their cars during lockdown and took the time to thank the team for their efforts to keep the county moving during this global pandemic.

“I hope to see more and more people venturing out onto a bike or a scooter in the coming months, and electric bikes seem like a great solution for coping with Malvern’s challenging hills.”

Photo: Claire McNally, Harriett Baldwin MP and Matt Griffin.

Halfords: Claire McNally, Harriett Baldwin MP and Matt Griffin

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