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8 Reasons to buy an E-bike
Depending on data from market research firm NPD Group, sales of electric bicycles increased by a staggering 95% from July 2016 to July 2017. At the same time, there’s no sign of a slowdown, which means that it becoming to get quite the fame and popularity. So, WHY EVERYONE LOVES THEM—AND WHY YOU PROBABLY WILL, TOO. The benefits which an E-bike offers a user trump any tools you would have used. Here’s everything you have to know about it. Pedaling easier Electric bikes are bicycles with a battery-powered “assist” that comes via pedaling or, in some cases, a throttle. When you push the pedals on a pedal-assist e-bike, a small motor engages and gives you a boost, so you can move without pedaling, it's just like someone gently pushing you. Improve the Environment and Public Health Where people use electric bikes to replace car travel, electric bikes can help alleviate traffic congestion, reduce emissions, improve air quality and improve public health. Ride a lot Getting an electric bike can dramatically increase how often you ride, according to recent research of nearly 1,800 e-bike owners in North America. E-bikes open up a whole new world for those who aren’t frequent riders. While you may not be considered to ride 7-12 miles at a time, you can cover those distances easily with pedal assist system, which is a NICE way to build endurance and confidence. The research found that 94 percent of non-cyclists rode daily or weekly after getting an e-bike. Get You There Faster E-bikes need not to go all that fast to keep up with the average around-town speed of traffic. One study cited in that piece suggests that the average around-town speeds of cars and e-bikes are 17mph and 14mph, respectively. Help People to Spend More Time Biking With the Ones They Love E-bikes can help “level the playing field” for couples, family members and friends that enjoy riding together but ride at different speeds on regular bicycles. E-Bikes Get People Moving E-bikes can serve as a gateway device for getting people on bikes more often and using active transportation. E-Bikes Are Easy to Park Unlike cars, it is easy to find parking for an electric bike and typically free. E-Bikes Are Fun Electric bikes are just plain fun. Participants in an e-bike study who was generally sedentary before the study reported e-bike riding “to be a blast,” and some even went on to buy e-bikes after the study. Similarly, in The Electric Bike Conundrum, Thomas Beller artfully reminds us not to lose sight of the magic of non-pedal assist bicycling (my favorite line is “the momentum you give is the momentum you get”), while also sharing the reasons why e-bikes are so seductive and give their users so much joy.