Just one more reason to change the way you travel, whether that’s getting to and from work, or going for a spin at the weekend. Ditching the car and public transport for an electric bike gives you the chance to save money, improve fitness and do your bit to help the planet. Here are 10 good reasons why it makes sense to make changes to the way you travel – today!
When it comes to getting about, we can’t go on as we have been going – so say the planet’s children, and they’re right. Which is why, in 2017, cyclists in the UK covered a whopping 3.27 billion miles of road, and why cycling has increased every year since 2008.
The magic of an e-bike is that the motor only assists you up to a speed of 15.5mph. Any higher than that, and it’ll be you doing all the work. So it aids you when you’re feeling the strain, without ever preventing you from getting a good workout. Talking of which…
According to a 2017 Glasgow University study published by the BMJ and involving more than a quarter of a million people1, cycling to work was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, compared to commuting by car or public transport.
4. It’s cleaner
E-bikes can be ridden under your own steam, of course, but if you need that extra push, there’s an internal battery powering a discrete electric motor system, using energy that’s clean, green and leaves no footprint.
Not everyone is at peak fitness all the time, and that includes cyclists. For people with health issues, who are just a little older and may struggle to get “over the hill” with that dodgy knee, assisted cycling can be a godsend.
6. No sweat
A lot more people use a bike to get to work, but with them trails a bouquet of sweaty scents that don’t settle well in an open-plan setting. Assisted cycling takes the sweat out of your ride. You could even complete it in a silk suit…
7. Save money
HOW much is that fare again? Whether you’re hitting your daily Oyster limit or having to squirrel money away for an annual season ticket of train delays and cancellations, e-biking is a real alternative to commuting by public transport with all its costs and frequent delays. And by taking advantage of Cycle to Work schemes in place across the UK, you could save almost half the price of a new e-bike.
8. Something for the weekend
The good things in life are worth waiting for – and that includes the weekend, whether that be a leisurely assisted cycle around town or a ride into the countryside – wherever it is you’d like to go.
E-bike designs are some of the most cutting-edge, sleek and neat models on the road, whether you choose a compact and foldable commuter bike like the Carrera Crosscity or the more sturdy Carrera Subway E for more extended rides.
10 New improved models
As the technology that goes into the motors and batteries keeps advancing all the time, riders can expect longer distances between recharging – as well as lighter frames and sturdier rides.
It’s the future. Oil-fuelled internal combustion is a Victorian technology, bizarrely still in use in the 21st century, despite being well past its sell-by date. The future is electric, clean and green – and travelling down the road on power-assisted two wheels.