My wife and I bought the Trek Pures, and they are extremely comfortable and easy to ride. With each bike I've owned before (hybrids mostly, and a couple WalMart mountain bikes) there was always a compromise. Hands hurt, or back, or butt (especially).
But the Pure (and I assume the Electra Townies are the same) is so comfortable.
My wife loved riding bikes, but was very clumsy, and has a normal torso but very short legs, so she had a hard time with slow speeds, often falling over (which scared her, scarred her, and ticked her off).
I bought her the Pure (even though she refused to "let" me) and she was hooked. Now she loves riding.
Pretty darn cool. And they are light as a feather.
We bought the seven speeds (one front sprocket, seven in the back) which makes it really easy to shift for hills, and my wife likes that she only has to think about one hand.
I just wish they made them in kid sizes. It's a great cruiser.
This is mine (in Florida, with a camera bag attached to the handle bars).
And this is my wife (far left, with the basket on the front). She loves it. This particular ride was about ten miles (Ana Maria Island, Fl).