Electric Bicycles: Transportation for a Small Planet

In 2002, the average price of a gallon on gas in the United States was $1.36. As of March, 2014, that same gallon of gas cost $3.56. To alleviate the pressure on wallets and the environment, many people are turning to alternative forms of transportation. For many people, electric bikes are the perfect solution.

What is an Electric Bike?

An electric bike is not so different from a standard bike in appearance, but when it comes to performance, it’s unbeatable. Because of the addition of an electric motor, e bikes can be operated by human power or electric power, making them perfect for both fitness and the daily commute!

Unlike scooters or motorcycles, electrics bikes don’t use gasoline, so they’re emission-free. Unlike standard bicycles, however, e bikes can travel at speeds of 20+ mph when under electric power. Electric bikes provide the best of both worlds: the fitness and eco-friendliness of a standard bike, with the assistance and freedom provided by an electric motor!

So, Why Go E?

Health

Pedaling an electric bike provides you with all the same physical benefit of a standard bicycle without the stress and excuses. That final hill on your morning commute used to leave you sweaty and smelling as you entered the office. With an electric bike, you can use the electric power to finish the trip. You’ll improve your health by riding more often, knowing that you’ve got a boost ready whenever you need it!

Money

Purchase price. Registration. Insurance. Gas. Maintenance. The costs associated with owning and operating a car are steep. Owning and operating an electric bike costs almost nothing in comparison. Simply replacing a car ride with a bike ride for neighborhood errands and trips can save you money; a car costs 10 to 40 cents per mile to operate!

Convenience

Taking a shortcut across a field or parking on the sidewalk may be possible with a car, but they’re definitely not legal. In a crunch, e-bikes provide an incredible level of convenience and freedom that cars can’t match. Say goodbye to traffic jams and endless searches for parking spaces and make sure you’re always on time with an electric bike!

The Environment

Our transportation choices have a direct and significant impact on our lives and the world around us. In many parts of the country, the cars are the top contributor to local air, water, and noise pollution. A large percentage of car usage is for short trips (often a mile or less) with one person in the car and could easily be replaced by an electric bike.

Replacing the high impact of a single passenger car with the low impact of an electric bike will make a positive difference for you and environment. Our choices have an impact on the future. An electric bike is healthy step in the right direction.

 

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