Peter Kartsidimas (RACV) with Mick Cumming (On bike). Photo: Andrew Perryman.

RACV’s eBike community trials are proving there is a place for battery assisted bicycles in Victoria’s transport network.

The third and latest trial involved nine bikes loaned to staff and students from La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus.

Each of the participants was asked to keep a journal recording their experiences before, during and after the trial.

After just six weeks the participants reported feeling fitter and healthier, and all said the eBikes made them happier.

RACV Senior Manager of Transport, Planning and Infrastructure Peter Kartsidimas said the results of the six-week trial were very positive.

“A successful transport network needs plenty of options and I believe our eBike trials show there is a place for them in the system,” he said.

“We have seen in Bendigo that if there are safe, well-planned and maintained bike paths, commuters are willing to use eBikes.

“As well as the obvious health benefits of cycling, even on a battery assisted bike, it was encouraging to see all participants said the eBikes made them feel happier.”

La Trobe’s Head of Campus, Robert Stephenson, said the University was pleased to be involved in the trial.

“Many of our staff and students already ride to the campus on a daily basis,” he said.

“We know this because our end-of-trip facilities including bike lockers and showers are well utilised, and our free ‘biker brekkies’ are also well attended.

“Hopefully the positive results of this eBike trial will encourage car-users to try a more sustainable mode of transport that also has fitness and health benefits – a win for everyone.”