Jo Severinsen and Jack Fraser test out the new hire bikes at Glenfalloch. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Green electric bikes at Glenfalloch Woodland Garden will
allow visitors to glide around Otago Peninsula with ease,
Otago Peninsula Trust representatives say.
Inspired by a trust member's trip to Europe, the trust bought
12 electric bikes for hire in the hope to open the peninsula
to people of all abilities, trust manager Jo Severinsen said.
''The Otago Peninsula is rated by Lonely Planet as one of the
top 10 destinations in the world - the bikes are a great way
to improve accessibility so more people can explore the
In 2012 Otago Peninsula was rated No 5 among the top 10
places in the world for bird-watching by the Lonely Planet
tour guide, as well as No 8 among the top 10 cycle routes in
the world. Ms Severinsen said a keen visitor could easily
bike as far as Taiaroa Head at the end of the peninsula, the
site of the only mainland royal albatross colony in the
The bikes are push pedal but have electric motors on the
front wheel which, once switched on, allow the user to travel
the peninsula with minimal effort.
The Otago Peninsula Trust had a soft launch on Wednesday for
members to try out the new bikes, and feedback from the event
had been very positive, Ms Severinsen said.
Unfortunately, the wild weather in Dunedin in the past couple
of weeks has meant the bikes have spent more time inside than
out, but Glenfalloch garden manager Alan Funnell said he
expected the venture to build momentum soon.
''It's early days yet, but I think we will see them grow in
popularity once the weather settles.''
The bikes were only stage one of a bigger project, Ms
Severinsen said, and the trust hoped to expand upon the
''We're looking at a Glenfalloch green initiative at the
moment, starting with the green bikes, but we want to look at
expanding the project with charging stations in town.''
The bikes can be hired at Glenfalloch for $45 a day, or $30
for a half-day.
- Liam MacAndrew.