The Many Benefits of E-Biking in England
LONDON - An electric bike has many advantages over other modes of transport, particularly during these times of austerity and a more discerning consumer. Scott Snaith, Founder of 50cycles outlines some of the reasons they have seen such huge success over the last few years.
Up, up, up…
Burning lungs are a thing of the past when tackling hills and rough terrain by electric bike. The lithium battery assists your own pedal power giving you that extra oomph to reach the top. No more diversions to avoid the hills.
Pick up any city paper and you'll read about yet another cyclist crushed by a bus or a lorry when pulling away from city centre traffic lights. With an electric bike, acceleration is available at the touch of a button so you can get away safely from the traffic around you.
Easy on the purse
No road tax. No insurance. No fuel costs. No MOT. No congestion or parking charges. No Problem. In fact, if you generate your own electricity via solar panels your electric bike will be totally sustainable.
How many of us brush off the cobwebs from our old, tired bicycle in the garage, ride it a few times and then find the novelty soon wears off? Owners of electric bikes are said to cycle at least once a week, if not every day. This is in comparison to conventional bikes which are often used less than once per month. Electric bikes offer an easy, hassle-free way to incorporate fitness into your daily routine.
Fresh as a daisy
Nobody enjoys stuffy trains, packed buses or gridlocked roads on the way to work. But arriving at the office drenched in sweat after cycling for 20 miles isn't that appealing either. Electric bikes make the daily commute effortless. The battery does all the work for you meaning that you will arrive at your desk refreshed and stress-free.
Because you care
Research shows that a staggering 80% of all car journeys are less than six miles and emit harmful exhaust emissions. An electric bike, which costs just pence to recharge, is a great alternative and far more eco-friendly (especially if you generate your own power with solar panels!).
Enjoy the satisfying feeling of whizzing past gridlocked traffic when getting about town. On an electric bike, you can safely travel up to 15mph which is often much faster than the traffic around you. And why not take an alternative route to work? Check out the scenic route without having to worry about hills - let the bike do all the hard work for you.
In the eyes of the law, electric bikes fall under the same category as traditional push bikes so they don't require tax, insurance, MOT or a licence. You can ride them on roads alongside cars, take the cycle route with other bikes or even take a more off-road route! Just pick it up and off you go. Easy.
Some of the main reasons people state for not cycling more often is the worry of not being fit enough, running out of steam and being unsure of the hills and terrain ahead. With an electric bike, all these problems disappear as the pedal assist motor kicks in and helps you climb those hills with ease. Thus allowing you to explore places you would never go before and experiencing all that the British countryside has to offer.
Not only does cycling provide an excellent opportunity to experience the great outdoors, it's also the perfect way to meet new people from your local area. Most places have a local cycling club and with your electric bike you don't need to be a fitness fanatic to join in!
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