The benefits of commuting
WITH THE eBIKE WORKERS
across the nation are commuting by bike more than ever before. Santa Monica—in the heart of auto-centric Southern California— witnessed a staggering 356 percent increase in biking between 2000 and 2012. Daily biking jumped 80 percent between 2010 and 2015 in New York, another place once dismissed as inhospitable to riders. Meanwhile, in Minneapolis, five percent of people commute by bike, a 170 percent increase since 2000. Today, electric bikes – or eBikes – make up the fastest growing segment of the cycling industry. Soon, we may see more workers commuting to the office on eBike; but why?
Stress-free and convenient
People who travel to work by eBike in urban areas waste no time in mile-long traffic jams. With an electric bike, these holdups can be bypassed conveniently. And on steep inclines, there is no need for excessive exertion – thanks to the support provided by the electric motor. The eBiker can cope with distances up to 15 miles almost effortlessly. Commuting by eBike means relaxed, comfortable travel – reaching one's destination feeling clean and fresh.
Fast and flexible
Time is precious. And by using an electric bike in a town or city, the biker is gaining time, enhancing his or her quality of life. Over distances of up to three miles, an eBike is frequently the fastest means of transportation in urban traffic. But even over distances reaching up to 10 miles, the eBike easily keeps up with the car. In fact, a recent survey by Portland State University finds eBikers are going the distance. The survey asked riders to describe their last three eBike trips. Respondents averaged 9.3 miles per trip, which means they replaced approximately 1,778 motor vehicle trips. The nine-mile average is significant because for decades, policymakers have typically considered five miles to be the threshold that determines whether someone opts to ride a bike or drive a car.
Fit and healthy
On average, every adult spends 11.5 hours in a sitting position each day. Office workers, in particular, often take too little exercise. Commuting by eBike is a practical means of remedying this situation. And since the electric drive can be regulated via the different support levels, cyclists can decide themselves how forcefully they want to pedal. Electric bikes are ideally suited for health-conscious people eager to train their fitness and stamina.
Good for the environment
Every commuter who opts for the eBike in preference to his or her car is not only avoiding the worst of city traffic but also doing the environment a favor: the pollution levels of an eBike are merely 1.25 percent those of a private car. Transportation makes up the second biggest source of greenhouse gases, and a study from the Worldwatch Institute finds that shifting from car to bike for short trips totaling 2,000 miles a year (about 5 miles a day) can reduce the average American’s carbon footprint by five percent. Apart from that, the eBiker moves along almost silently and causes little or no noise pollution. This is crucial in city traffic: with a sound pressure level of 65-75 decibels or more, the noise pollution increases susceptibility to stress. In heavy urban traffic the average noise level is around 80 decibels. Thus, the eBike helps to quieten down the inner city areas.