The Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA) supports electric bikes as a very carbon friendly way to get around. In addition electric bikes (e-bikes) are an excellent way to keep fit and healthy in these challenging times. Riding an electric bike isn't cheating: you still have to pedal and you still burn calories. It's like riding a normal bike, just a bit easier. Riding an e-bike is good exercise. A typical e-bike motor might have assistance levels of 50%, 100%, 175%, and 250% said Kathryn Maxwell, President, SHASA.
For the last two years SHASA has, in collaboration with Moruya Bicycles, been running an e-bike hire service to give people the opportunity to trial an e-bike at a modest fee. We encourage residents to give electric bikes a go said Kathryn Maxwell.
“I have been riding e-bikes for the last 10 years and have seen significant improvements in the comfort and operation of e- bikes. I recently purchased a mountain e- bike which I use to go shopping, ride around town and go mountain biking” said Kathryn Maxwell, President, SHASA.
SHASA also encourages Eurobodalla residents to donate their unwanted bikes to Moruya Bicycles. Angus Murphy from Moruya Bicycles started Bikes for Bush Fire Relief on 20 January 2020 and since has given away more than 70 bicycles to families and property owners devastated by the recent bushfires. Angus Murphy said, “Help us help others. Bring us your old bicycles, we will fix them up, and give to anyone impacted by the fires. The community response was instant and overwhelming."