Volt is and will continue to be open over the lockdown running between 4th Nov and 2nd Dec 2020 in England.
If you followed our news over the summer you’ll also know that between the two lockdowns we managed to get our new e-bike factory up and running in Milton Keynes (no small feat!).
In addition to our factory, headquarters and showroom remaining open, at present almost all of our listed partners and dealers across the UK are also open for business. We are in regular contact with every authorised reseller and will keep our UK Dealer pages up to date with all the latest details, opening times and visiting hours.
Cycling in Lockdown
It’s hard to overstate the role that cycling has played in England and across the globe during the pandemic. The demand for bikes and e-bikes (as well as loo roll!) has been one of the big news stories in business 2020 and is likely to be a continuing trend in 2021. From keeping active during lockdown, to commuting post-lockdown, it wasn’t long before demand outgrew supply on an epic scale.
As a result, cycle shops and bike manufacturers have been and continue to work extraordinarily hard across the country to help overcome the obstacles and challenges faced in these extraordinary times, all while keeping employees and customers safe.
It’s hard to overstate the role cycling has played in England and across the globe during the pandemic. The demand for bikes and electric bikes (as well as loo roll!) has been one of the big news stories in business 2020 and is likely to continue in 2021. From keeping active during lockdown to commuting safely after it, suddenly demand outgrew supply. The cycling and e-bike community have been and continue to work extraordinarily hard across the country to help overcome the obstacles and challenges faced in these extraordinary times while keeping employees and customers safe.
Cycling in Lockdown V2.0
The British Cycling governing body have been monitoring government advice closely and while all official cycling events have been cancelled between the 4th November & 2nd December, they emphasise the importance of keeping active during the second lockdown of 2020. You can find more details on British Cycling’s response here: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/article/20201104-about-bc-news-British-Cycling-activities-and-events-to-be-suspended-as-new-national-measures-come-into-force-0
The vital importance of keeping both body and mind in good health during lockdown measures is clearly something that the government has considered more carefully in this second instalment. While they are advising people exercise close to their homes, there are currently no restrictions on how long you can exercise for and new regulations now allow you to exercise (outdoors) with one other person from outside your household. These new and more empathetic guidelines will hopefully help those on their own or struggling with being socially isolated to cope better at what can be a tougher time of year even in normal times.
It’s always important to remember to take care of your mental health as well as your physical wellbeing. We’ve always believed cycling is the perfect solution for both. E-bikes are often misunderstood as “cheating” but as anyone who has actually ridden one will tell you, it’s very much like a traditional bicycle with the health benefits scientifically proven… Check out our “Is an Electric Bike Really Healthier Than a Normal Bicycle?” article from last year.
As well as trying to drive that infamous R number down in England, lockdown is also about easing the strain on the NHS and public services. That means we should not only follow the expert’s advice and guidance on social distancing when exercising but we should also take care not to take any unnecessary risks. With the colder winter, months fast approaching and the nights drawing in, it’s important you protect yourself from potential hazards and accidents when out on two wheels. If you’re new to cycling or want to feel more confident and safer on your e-bike during lockdown and beyond, we’ve written a brief guide in last week’s cycling safety blog post.
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