"[You don’t see electric bikes much in the UK at the moment, probably because]
we tend to see cycling as a sport, people getting into their lycra and
doing a time trial at the weekend. "
She's never been to Cambridge, then.
[completed the quote]
She has a point about electric bikes though. In China, they're everywhere.
You can buy them in the supermarket for a few hundred dollars. Here,
they're sold by bijou little bike shops for near a thousand pounds. Or two
or three times that if you buy from a brand name or they manage to sell you
an electric mountain bike.
Even in Cambridge there is basically one shop dedicated to (expensive)
electric bikes, and a few of the others have a derisory two-thousand-pound
example. And there's a busy bike hire market, but nobody hired electric
that I could find when I looked recently.