Electric bikes, or E-Bikes, are a modern form of transport that are encouraging more and more people to enter the cycling world. As commuters explorer alternative and eco-friendly means of travel, E-Bikes have become a popular sight on roads. Below, we explore five benefits of electric bikes.

1. Assisted biking

E-bike movement is facilitated electrically using battery-powered ‘pedal assist’. This is a machine integrated within the bike to give your pedalling a boost. Therefore pedal assist can reduce stress and impact on your knees and thighs. As a result, people with difficulty pedalling long distances may find assisted biking an easier means of transport. There are also e-bikes that have specific boosting technology that can assist you to conquer hills and inclines. People of all ages and health can ride effortlessly and for much longer with an E-bike.

2. Fast and flexible

One of the main benefits of E-Bikes is that they make cycling much faster and more flexible. Cyclists can still take advantage of cycle lanes if you’re living in a city to slash commuting times. Electric bikes are getting more and more popular in cities as governments and councils urge people to give up their car. Cyclists with injuries or illnesses may be able to remain active and cycle through it with an electrical cycle.

3. Fitness Benefits

According to a study of scientists at Switzerland’s University of Basel, riding an electric bike is just as good as regular bikes at improving fitness. Although cycling with an E-bike is pedal assisted, it’s still good exercise for your health, both mentally and physically. Electric cycles are really fun to ride, so exercise and travel can be leisure time and not a strain.

4. Cost Savings

Using an electric bicycle instead of a car saves money over time, as riders save on petrol and diesel costs. Price surges in fuel can impact people’s monthly budget, so having an E-Bike can really cut back expenses.. While with E-bikes, you can buy affordable batteries which can last you 18-50 miles after a full charge depending on the level of assistance you use. So not only are you saving pounds around your waist, you’re also saving them in your pockets too!

5. Eco-friendly

Climate change and global warming are serious issues and a key point on the UN’s Global Goals. E-bikes emit far less pollution than motorcycles and cars. Therefore E-Bikes are considered eco-friendly and a great ‘green’ alternative. Whilst obviously not as eco-friendly as a normal bicycle, experts believe the electric bike may encourage more people to cycle, therefore having an overall positive effect.

 

Coast to Coast Packhorse cyclists can take part in the E-Cycling Experience between 29th March 2020 and 17th October 2021.

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