Ajay and Taika are here to get people moving.
The pair were delayed in China as the pandemic wrought havoc on international transport links.
But now freshly landed, they were well-greased and had their first outing on Friday.
They’re the first of five e-bikes available for tenants’ use in the ŌCHT/BSB free e-bike scheme.
- Learn more about the ŌCHT/BSB free bike initiative here
- Here’s what was said when the scheme was first confirmed
They’ll be based in Locky Docks in Karoro Lane, part of the three-lane Brougham St development.
Big Street Bikers (BSB) bought the bikes for ŌCHT. They own the docks and are managing the scheme.
Andrew, from BSB, says the Kiwi-designed Smartmotion X-City Neo bikes can ride up-to 100km on one charge.
They can also travel at speeds nudging 40kmh.
Their mid-drive motors are powered by a battery that’s built-into their frame, Andrew says.
They’ve got 9 gears but there’s little-to-no chance the average rider will use more than a couple.
More encouraging are the five power-assist modes that can be kicked in once the ride starts.
The motor delivers more than enough power to power to cut through the sternest nor’wester.
They have plenty of other features to make the ride safe and comfortable.
They have a bell, integrated LED front and stop lights and a carrier for groceries and small humans.
Tenants have to register to use the bikes and the bikes are booked via an app.
They’re locked securely in the Locky Dock, which is opened using another app.
Out on the road, the user can lock the bike using the bike app or lock it in a Locky Dock.
They can also lock the bike to whatever they need to with a traditional, provided chain lock.
The bikes must be returned to home base and locked in the Locky Dock at the end of the ride.
They’re GPS linked so they won’t be easily lost. It’ll also help ŌCHT and researchers understand how they’re used.
** Ajay and Taika were joined by Aroha, Katie and Mikey at the Hoiho Lane opening. They’ll be on active duty soon.
Want to talk? Call Big Street Bikers on on 0800 11 55 99 or email them on OCHT@bigstreetbikers.com