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22 Aug 2023

Cities across the country are following the lead of the Mayor of London, and ULEZ (Ultra Low Emissions Zone), by implementing their own measures to reduce carbon produced by combustion engines.

22 Aug 2023

Journeys made using Transport for London’s (TfL) cycle hire scheme this year are at their lowest in a decade, with the organisation blaming recent bad weather as a potential cause.

21 Aug 2023

The manager of ACT Gold Member Pedal Revolution in Norwich has demonstrated the strength of the cycling community, after rallying support for a local cyclist who had to sell his four bikes to...

21 Aug 2023

A report in Cycling Industry News says that 60% of Fix Your Bike vouchers that were issued during the peak Covid lockdown period were redeemed at smaller bike shops and...

10 Aug 2023

One in five UK consumers (20%) prefer using mobile payment services such as Apple Pay over cash (17%) or chip & PIN card payments (10%) for in-store purchases, a new survey has reported.

9 Aug 2023

Fully funded training for school and college leavers is available for the Cycle Maintenance Apprenticeship for those under 19 years of age at the start of the apprenticeship.

9 Aug 2023

ACT Gold Member Luchos, which has pioneered a new energy block for cyclists and endurance athletes that acts as a natural alternative to energy drinks and gels ladened...

9 Aug 2023

VOLT e-bikes has announced the launch of a unique Cancel Anytime Subscription model in
conjunction with e-bike rental provider Blike.

8 Aug 2023

The CE mark, which is used in the EU to certify that a product meets certain safety standards is to be retained indefinitely, after the government announced an extension of CE mark recognition...

8 Aug 2023

ACT member and Cytech-accredited Bridgtown Cycles in Cannock has been named Premium Bike Shop of the Year in the Midlands Enterprise Awards. Now in its sixth year, the awards showcase the...

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What is the future of electric bikes in cities?

Posted on in Cycles News

Claire Monroe, guest writer for the ACT, has written an article with The Bike Storage Company on the future of electric bikes in cities.

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With climate change and fuel prices on the rise, many people are turning to alternative methods of transportation in order to cut their carbon footprint and save money. The government is slowly getting into gear to support this change as well, installing more electric charge points, and better bike infrastructure in order to encourage people to make the switch.

However, many people are still reluctant to change their car for an e-bike. There’s no doubt that doing so does require a change in mindset and perhaps the way you start your day, but the benefits are clear to see. But what are the benefits to making the switch in a city? And what can cities do in order to ensure cycling is a viable option now, and in the future? We take a look.

The benefits of e-bikes in cities

When it comes to improving your eco-credentials, cycling to work is certainly significantly better than hopping in the car. Even if you have an electric vehicle, you’re still contributing to traffic on the road, which in turn leads to higher emissions from the petrol cars that are stuck in the queue with you. This is a particular problem in congested cities. As long as there are designated cycle lanes, biking helps reduce the number of cars on the road, and keeps the city moving.

City pollution is a problem both for the environment and our health. Air pollution can lead to a range of harmful health effects, such as headaches, breathing problems, cancers and asthma. E-bikes do not emit emissions when they’re being used, meaning they’re a clean, green way to get around a city. The more bikes used, the cleaner the air is for everyone – e-bikes are estimated to deliver £20 million worth of air quality benefits minimum before 2050.

Cycling can also be a quick way to do your daily commute. Unlike traditional bikes that might leave you sweaty when you arrive at the office, an e-bike means you can zip around the city, using the additional power to help you get to your destination. As long as there are cycle lanes, this means that you can potentially get to work quicker than you would have done in a car, meaning more time to snooze in the morning.

How can cities support cycling?

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Of course, people will only choose cycling as an option en masse if it’s a safe, relatively easy choice. Cities like Copenhagen are ahead of the trend when it comes to cycling, with the infrastructure in place to support commuting by bike, including bike lanes, bike traffic lights and plentiful bike storage in public places and offices.

Other cities will need to follow suit if they want to increase the number of cyclists. Especially in London, cycling in some areas is notoriously dangerous, which understandably means that commuters won’t consider it. However, with changes like the ones that we’ve outlined above, the city could be a much better place to share the road.

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