Not wishing to go on about electric bikes too much here is a copy of the email I've just sent to Halfords having looked at their web site and been surprised that they don't appear to sell ANY electric bikes:
"Hello, I'm suprised to see that Halfords aren't at the forefront in driving forward electric bike sales. Surely these machines are a major part of the future solution to transport problems in Europe and the wider world. Are there any plans in the pipeline at Halfords to sell an affordable, good looking, light weight, longer range selection of e-bikes? People who live in hilly areas would be encouraged to ride more without dreading having to struggle up those steeper ones, school children would be attracted to them giving them greater independence, commuters would love them and would get to work quicker and cheaper, town centres would eventually be unblocked as riders see the benefits of not sitting for hours wasting their lives in traffic jams. What's not to like?! But they need to be affordable! I'd love to hear your views,
Bookshop Owner, Commuter, Loyal Halfords Customer, Leisure Cyclist, Ex-Motorcylist, concerned about the environment."