Danville Historical Society Gives Tour on E-Bikes

Source: WSET-TV

Posted: Oct 21, 2012 3:09 PM PDT

By Tola Adamson

Danville, VA– The Danville Historical Society gives tours every day in Danville, but on Sunday they used them as an experiment to see if riding e-bikes on the tour would add a fun new element.

There are only three things that make an e-bike different from a regular bike: It has a battery, a motor and a controller.

Jerry Franklin, the director of Technical Services at Danville Community College, believes those components are a nice addition to the tour.

« He said you know, ‘I’ve been meaning to call you because I think this would be a good compliment to your tour,’ so it was his idea but I’m all for it, » said tour guide Joyce Wilburn.

Franklin said it could make the tour a lot easier.

« Especially in a place like Danville because we’ve got a lot of hills, Main Street hills are pretty tough to climb with a bike but with a e-bike you can go right up it with no problem whatsoever. »

« Maybe if you’re a little skeptical about walking a mile, you wouldn’t be so skeptical if you could have a bike that helped you along, » Wilburn said.

The ride was an experiment, but if the feedback is great, they hope to make it a regular thing.

« People from outside would maybe come in and see our beautiful city and no matter what their fitness level would be able to ride a bike around town, »  Wilburn said.

« When we get more people involved in it and as a group and we’re moving up and down the streets, it’s going to be fun, I can feel it in my bones, » said rider David Slayton.

Slayton say it’s a great way to stay active.

« I could use the exercise of course, so I’ll become smarter and healthier hopefully, » Slayton said.

« That’s the key too it makes exercise fun, » Franklin said.

If you want to give the e-bikes a try, you can visit the Spin Bike Shop on Craghead Road in downtown Danville.