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New study says e-bikes are transforming urban mobility and cities need to get onboard.

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

A new study has suggested that cities need to take into account the rapid growth and serious potential of electric bikes in moving people.

Urban planning

“E-bikes should be at the core of planning, along with other forms of active mobilities and public transport, as they are a readily available way to foster decarbonisation of transport,” says the study conducted by the University of Lausanne. 

According to the study, e-bike sales in the European Union skyrocketed from 2009 to 2021, reaching a staggering 5.1 million units. Switzerland stands out as a hotspot for e-bike adoption, with a market penetration rate among the highest in the world.

As the study highlights, e-bikes boast a low ecological footprint, making them environmentally superior to buses, cars, and other motorized vehicles. Furthermore, e-bikes encourage physical activity, bridging the gap between sedentary lifestyles and active mobility.

As the authors note, “E-bikes manage to provide a meaningful amount of physical activity, bringing health benefits to increasingly sedentary lifestyles.”

The study delves into the motivations and usage patterns of e-bike riders, revealing intriguing insights into their preferences. Contrary to popular belief, e-bikes are not just for leisurely rides. In fact, most e-bike users primarily utilize them for utilitarian purposes, such as commuting and running errands.

“Motivations for and barriers to e-cycling are similar to those for conventional cycling,” the report reads.

Perhaps the most compelling aspect of the study is its examination of the modal shift induced by e-bikes. E-bikes emerge as powerful disruptors, substituting traditional modes of transport such as cars, public transit, and even conventional bicycles.

“The paper calls for approaching modal shift through three perspectives to understand how e-bikes fit in the transport system, within individuals’ mobility biographies, and within the everyday organization of individuals and households,” the report reads.

The study not only offers valuable insights into the current landscape of e-bike usage but also provides guidance on how these findings should inform future policies and urban planning initiatives. According to the authors, e-bikes should be integrated into broader mobility strategies, alongside other forms of active transportation and public transit.

As the report emphasizes, “E-bikes should be at the core of planning, along with other forms of active mobilities and public transport, as they are a readily available way to foster decarbonization of transport.”

The study underscores the transformative potential of e-bikes in shaping how people and goods move around cities. By offering a sustainable, healthy, and efficient mode of transportation available by a large swath of the population, e-bikes are poised to play a pivotal role in the future of city commuting. As cities grapple with congestion, pollution, and health concerns, embracing the electric revolution may be the key to building more liveable, vibrant urban environments.

The report not only supports the move by cities to invest in e-bike incentives and get as many people on them as possible but would suggest an even greater push in this direction simply because it would help with so much more.

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