Electric Bicycles – The Transport of the Future

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Electric bicycles are the transport of the future. We only need to look around us to see that our roads are getting more and more congested with gas guzzling cars while the air that we breath is becoming more polluted by the day. Here are a few good reasons to consider an alternative mode of transport; namely the electric bicycle or E-Bike.

The health benefits of cycling rather than driving are obvious but while a lot of us buy bicycles with great intentions, a lot of these end up sitting in the garage gathering dust, just waiting for the ideal day when we can go for a ride. We tend to think of them as purely recreational vehicles, while our cars are for going to work and shopping etc. What if you could ride your bike to work or the shops with a little help from a silent electric motor? Would a less daunting or exhausting ride tempt you to get on your bike and enjoy the fresh air and exercise? Enter the E-Bike.

E-Bikes are extremely cheap to run. Most E-Bikes can be ridden with pedal power only, with a mixture of pedal with electric power assist, or electric power only, so you can choose the amount of effort you put in. Obviously, the more effort you put in, the less the motor has to do so the battery lasts that much longer between charges. When it does come time to charge up the battery, a good bike would cost around five cents to charge. Compare that to filling up your car or catching public transport!

Congestion and parking. A lot of the trips we make are not very far from home, just a bit too far to walk. If you could jump on an E-bike and get there quickly, quietly and without exhausting yourself on those daunting hills, you would often find that the journey didn’t take much longer, if at all, than if you had gone in the car, joined the queues, searched for a park etc etc. Most people have experienced the frustration of joining the ever-growing mass of cars hitting our roads each day. We spend far too long sitting in traffic queues, getting frustrated and angry as we struggle to get to work or the shops. Personally, it takes me 15-20 minutes to drive to work each day and longer to drive home because of the 5 o-clock rush. On my E-Bike it takes 25 minutes each way, no matter what the traffic is like. It’s a no-brainer.

E-Bikes are environmentally friendly. We’ve all heard the reports of the pollution that is choking our world, and we are constantly reminded about the contribution our petrol and diesel vehicles are making to this soup. Consider how much you contribute to air and noise pollution with your car or bus, and then compare that to the effects of a silent, efficient electric bicycle. Sure, the production of electricity contributes to the pollution of our planet, but to a much lesser extent than our insatiable appetite for the ever-dwindling oil, and these days with more and more countries looking at alternative energy sources like solar etc, it is quite conceivable that your E-Bike could eventually leave virtually zero carbon footprint. You’ve gotta feel good about that.

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Source by Peter James Farr

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