People Around the World Love E-Bikes — Here’s Why They’re Using Them And You Should, Too
Bicycling is the way of the future — while cycling enthusiasts have been on this trend for a while, the pandemic has accelerated the way of bike commuting and bike-share programs.
Even urban planners are adapting for this new way of travel by prioritizing bike-lanes in major cities to ensure greater opportunities for socially-distanced commutes.
While attitudes are shifting toward cyclings, so too are the bikes.
the electric bicycle — also known as e-bikes — which are not only getting more media attention, but rising in popularity among consumers. Riders of all skill levels and locations have caught onto this form of battery-powered transportation, powering the future of electric transit.
While most electric bikes look like traditional two-wheelers, they have a built-in electric motor. Depending on the make and model, some motors kick-start with pedaling while others are activated with a throttle.
In some cases, you can catch speeds up to 28 mph to get where you’re going faster and with greater efficiency, all without breaking a sweat.
While the bike does a lot of the work — riders can also turn their commute into a workout or fitness tool simply by using the motor enough to keep it going.
While there’s plenty of reasons people are using e-bikes today, here’s a quick breakdown on what makes them so appealing:
Except for avid or enthusiastic bikers, the idea of commuting to work on a traditional two-wheeler has never been that appealing to the average rider.
Cycling to and from work on a regular bike often means you’ll show up sweaty, or have to carry a change of clothes back and forth from the office.
But on e-bikes, cruising and cycling goes hand-in-hand; you can easily haul backpacks, climb steep hills and cut your commute in half without ever breaking a sweat.
An Eco-Friendly Footprint
Major cities are preparing for the bike revolution — and the benefits not only encourage public health, but ecological health, too.
More bike owners also means less cars on the roads, leading to less traffic congestion and air pollution.
Most importantly, since electric bicycles don’t consume gas, they emit significantly less CO2 than a car (or electric car) does.
Since most states don’t require a special license or insurance to ride an e-bike, the investment and maintenance is nominal compared to owning a car — or even daily public transportation.
RIDEL e-bikes range from $999 to $1699, a lower price point to high-end road bikes, without sacrificing on sleek design or high-quality parts.
Bike lovers might end up investing more to buy add-on parts and features, but unlike cars, they’ll avoid regular parking fees, tickets or bridge tolls.
A Replacement to Driving
The fear of public transportation in a post-pandemic world is driving people to adopt new modes of transportation.
E-bikes offer a substitute for subways, buses or even cars — while still offering similar benefits, like carrying heavy cargo to your destination.
And most often, people who commute by car go short distances on each ride: to the grocery store, to work, to a restaurant. All of these short-distance trips and/or errands can be easily covered by electric bike, and a lot more fun, too.