Electric bikes are having a moment. Curious why?
For avid cyclists, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting on your bike and taking off for an adventure.
Just ask anyone who commutes to work every day on two wheels — bicycling makes you happier, boosts energy, and gives you a sense of freedom in city environments.
Now imagine that feeling of adrenaline, but 20mph faster. Welcome to the feeling of riding an electric bicycle.
A Dream come true
Only a couple of years ago the idea of riding an electric bicycle was novel, just like the rise of electric cars and scooters.
But now, it’s almost as common to spot an electric bike on a bike path as a standard road bike.
Urban transit trends and upward sales are suggesting that they’ll become even more mainstream.
One of the benefits of electric bikes, especially post-lockdown, is their dependability.
Most people are rethinking the safety of urban commuting (subways, buses, trains, etc) and seeing out alternative, socially distanced options.
E-Bikes – Do it Better.
E-bikes are a reliable and recreational way to travel in cities — all the while encouraging people to get outdoors and exercise.
People of all ages and skill levels can ride an e-bike for both function and pleasure.
Older riders or people with health disabilities who might not be able to climb a hill riding a traditional bike don’t have to worry about inclines or challenging terrains on an e-bike thanks to pedal-assisted power.
Whether for the adrenaline rush or daily commuting, people around the world are adopting the e-bike trend.
The Future of Urban Transportation
The same goes for urban planners, who are regulating where people can and can’t ride them, ultimately encouraging greater accessibility on bike paths and less traffic congestion on the roads.
In the United States, e-bike laws and regulations are reflected differently across states, from Class 1 to Class 3, so be sure to check the rules in your city or county.
Class 1 includes pedal-assist e-bikes with a top motor assist of 20mph; Class 2 is a throttle-activate e-bike with a maximum speed of 20mph; Class 3 is a pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and a top speed of 28 mph.
If you’re not sure if an e-bike is right for you, one of the best ways to decide is to try one out for yourself.
Head to your local bike shop to browse different models and price points, and take a test ride to see how it could improve your life.