The rise of ‘silver cyclists’ is being fueled by electric bicycles, research suggests.
62 per cent of e-bikes in the UK are sold to people over the age of 55, market research by Halfords has shown.
In a statement, the retailer said that the UK may be “on the cusp of an e-bike boom”. Older cyclists are also well-informed on bicycle maintenance, repairing punctures and fixing mudguards, a survey by the store found.
Where the traditional bike can be strenuous, e-bikes have a built-in battery to help the rider on more difficult hills or terrain.
However, figures from abroad suggest that cyclists who try e-bikes later in life may be at increased risk of road accidents.
In the Netherlands, over-60s accounted for almost 90 per cent of road deaths involving e-bikes in 2016.
Halfords’ survey reveals that while 61 per cent of older e-bike users thought they were a good way to keep fit, more than a third would cycle more if British roads had dedicated cycle lanes.