Why Electric bicycles are good for you
Electric bicycles are good for your health.
It's odd that something that reduces your effort can actually increase your activity,
and so improve your fitness. But electric bicycles do do that.
The simple fact that because it is easier it is more enjoyable
and you are more likely to ride it and go somewhere.
If you have a bike at home you know it doesn't get used as much as it could.
If you do go out for a good solid workouts on your bike, fast, with some hills,
then that's excellent, and you are likely to be a very fit person.
You can be a quite fit also with more modest, but regular, exercise.
And this is what you are more likely to do when you have an electric bike.
You don't have to put in such a big effort to get up the hills,
or to get along at a good 25kmh, about as fast as an average bus trip,
and you won't arrive at the shops or school or uni or work hot and sweaty,
nor be exhausted when you get home.
With an electric bike you put in as much effort as you are comfortable with,
and that effort is boosted by the bike.
You will feel the real boost like a strong tail wind pushing you along.
It is the effort that you do put in that is good for you.
Many medical reports confirm that modest regular exercise is the biggest,
and easiest, improvement you can make to your health, some recently reporting
and that it can add 10 years of good active and happier life
and to me, and to you too I expect, that is priceless!...
worth far, far more than the $ benefits below.
Going to work, school, uni, or to shops on a bicycle for half an hour or so
on most days is just the sort of modest regular exercise that will give you
those extra active years to enjoy, happier and more mobile...
plus riding a bicycle is also more effective and economical than the alternative -
gym workouts plus driving the car...it gets you to somewhere, fun and free.
(AND you can lose weight by riding your bicycle!)
I would like to see you all riding a bicycle, but I know many of you would
only be able to ride a bike if was an easier-to-ride electric bicycle.
Electric bicycles save you money
After using all the energy in the battery after about 50km a recharge will cost about
12 cents and you should allow about 50 cents towards an eventual battery replacement.
That works out at a cent and a bit per kilometre. Nothing else comes close to that!
Using your car for the same trips costs many times more, plus more for the parking costs.
And all those short public transport trips? Over time they add up and would pay for a bike.
In most cities any short ride is about $3-$3.50, or $60 for 5 return trips per week.
Electric bicycles are good for the environment
E-bikes are a very environmentally friendly, especially if you would otherwise use a car.
Your riding produces about one thousandth of the CO2 than would you and the car
and the other noxious stuff than comes from a typical 200KW 1500kg car.
That's not counting all the manufacturing to make it and
all the cost of the engineering for the whole road system.
It is so much the better if by riding a bike you can do without a car (or second car).