Two Wellington companies team up to offer electric bike tours

CQ Hotels and start-up company Switched on Bikes have teamed up to offer electric bikes tours around Wellington.

CQ Hotels and start-up company Switched on Bikes have teamed up to offer electric bikes tours around Wellington.

Two Wellington companies are putting pedal to the metal to offer hotel guests an opportunity to tour the city on electric bikes.

CQ Hotels in Wellington is working in with Wellington cycle hire start-up Switched on Bikes to offer Kiwis and tourists the chance to see the capital on an electric bike.

CQ Hotels Wellington general manager Olivier Lacoua said they were on a mission to persuade Kiwis and tourists to see the capital "with electrifying speed", and had bought two Smart motion electrical bikes to kick start their new venture.

"E-bikes are so much fun to ride because they make the difficult bits easy and so riders can just concentrate on where they want to go and what they want to see," he said.

"And to top it off they have an electric boost which helps cyclists power up Wellington's hills.

"Not only can you get to where you want to go faster and easier, but you won't sweat, it's easier on those joints, and the e-bike can even out the pace for you and your partner."

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The hotel had a strong sustainability focus and wanted to set an example by embracing the latest environmentally friendly transport technologies, Lacoua said. He added CQ Hotels was the first hotel to offer guests electric bikes, as well as an electric car charging station.

"We're proud to have taken the lead in providing a fun, unique and green way to explore our capital city," he said.

"Seeing the city by bike is so much better than other transport, as the city, its cool cafes and other attractions become so much more accessible. Bikes open up so many areas which would otherwise be hidden away with other forms of transport."

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The e-bikes work by getting their power from being charged using a standard power lead and plug. They provide power on demand, responding to and complementing pedalling speed and power.

If you pedal hard, little battery power will be used, however, the electrical assistance kicks in and provides a welcome little boost as required. Most e-bikes provide up to 150 per cent of your own power with each pedal stroke.

CQ Hotels will also introduce an electric vehicle charging station, which supports the Wellington City Council's Electric Vehicle programme, Lacoua said.

Switched on Bikes owner Ryan O'Connell said he approached CQ Hotels Wellington after hearing they had bought a couple of electric bikes.

They agreed his company would take hotel guests on a guided tour of the city should there be more than two interested.

"Some people really want to see Wellington outside the bus tours," O'Connell said.

"We have fantastic landscapes around us that you can't see when you are sitting in the back of a bus - you don't really get to experience it."

O'Connell said he was looking forward to working with the hotel chain and showing tourists all Wellington had to offer.

 - Stuff

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