Peddle power

Bringing us closer together.

The joint collaboration between Lagoa town council and a Portuguese “start-up”, backed by a Canadian multinational, promises to bring 21 electric bicycles and a network of charging points to the borough by the end of November 2015. The brainchild of businessman Luís Cortes, it involves a global investment of €137,000 – 40% of which has been financed by the council. The plan focuses on the areas of Ferragudo, Carvoeiro and Nossa Senhora da Rocha – and is aimed at residents and tourists alike. Thus far, it appears to be the only scheme of its kind in Europe.

Luis Cortes explained there is a similar one in the U.S. and something along the same lines for Volkswagen employees, in Germany. But until now, electric bicycles are not loaned out in an open system.

Lagoa’s cycles will be powered by a system known as “pedalece” (a clever play on words that sounds like pedal-less) and means you hardly need to break a sweat to reach the top of any hill.

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Author: Inside Carvoeiro

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