A new study into the benefits of e-bikes has discovered even keen cyclists are likely to cover bigger distances – and use a bike more – if they have a little motorised assistance.
The study grilled 66 volunteers who were given e-bikes to use for a few weeks.
Some had given excuses for not using a bike more, which included lack of cycling infrastructure, hills, the need to carry a load, and the problem of getting, err, sweaty during a ride.
Overall, the study had men reporting these barriers to cycling less frequently to women – and women were more into the idea of using and buying an e-bike.
Having an e-bike meant the test group took a greater percentage of trips by bike, and increased the total distance they traveled by bike. It meant fewer trips by car and public transport.
E-bikes increased the amount of cycling in terms of number of trips and distance cycled.
E-bikes have a bigger effect on female over male cyclists.
E-bikes have similar effects across all age groups.
E-bikes have an effect on commuting travel as well as leisure travel.
Interestingly, by the end of the study – carried out in Norway’s capital Oslo, cyclists who took part said they would be willing to spend more on an e-bike than before.
E-bikes have come on leaps and bounds in the last few years, with prices coming down, designs looking sleeker and bikes and batteries getting lighter.
The countryside around our Hay-on-Wye base is, shall we say, blessed with its fair share of hills – and an e-bike makes riding them a breeze.
Still not convinced? Even just a little bit E-bike curious?