Townie does not have throttle.. so you would still need to pedal it. That being said, you can pedal lightly and still go uphill rapidly without a ton of effort. I loved the townie when I tried it out for it's relaxed ride, easy handling(step-thru) & operation(hardly noticeable) and it's very appealing look(IMHO). Find out what about the bike it is she doesn't like and see if you can address it like beast775 said. Don't forget to agree with her and say your sorry. Sometimes it's about what fits the user best.Get a full spring saddle and cruiser wrap handlebars put them on the Stromer -adjust to fit.