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Electric bikes offer an alternative to short car journeys and public transport. They can help assist you up to 15.5mph. The cost of running an electric bike is approximately 8p per mile compared to an average cost of 80p for a car. Unlike motorbikes you do not need an MOT, Insurance or Tax for an electric bike. You can also ride electric bikes on cycle paths.

Why Choose an Electric Bike

1. Quicker Travel
Cars maybe quicker over longer journeys but in a city electric bikes are hard to beat. Cars will often fall below 10mph and do not have the maneouvarability of bikes. Mopeds and motorcycles may have similar advantages but are still confined to the road. Investment in cycling infastructure while poor compares to our European neighbours still results in an ever increasing number of cycle lanes. With an electric bike you will breeze up the hills and fly through headwinds. 

2. No Sweat
The UK has some of the longest working hours in Europe. Therefore you do not want to arrive at work feeling exhausted before you even start. There will be no need to make use of employer showers if you are one of the few with these facilities. 

3. Hill Climbing
This is one of the biggest advantages. A good electric bike will essentially flattens hills. With reasonable effort you will climb a 10% gradient with ease and with the correct bike even 25% gradients. Red Bull may give you wings but electric bikes turn you into Bradley Wiggins. 

4. Motorised but without Red Tape
Electric bikes meeting UK regulations require no MOT, Tax or insurance. 

5. Improved Fitness
People who have an electric bike tend to use it at least twice as much as those with a conventiional bike (1, 2). Ebikes are more fun especially in areas with many hills and as a result people use them more. Therefore people with an electric bike often get more excercise which is why there are many example of people losing large amounts of weight. 

6. Sustainable
Fuel consumption is equivalent to between 800 and 2000mpg. Although CO2 per mile is normally lower than a standard bike (3). The additional food needed for the extra energy required is ususally lower than what is required to power the battery. Amazing!

[1] Transport Research Laboratory report: 'New Cycle Owners: expectations and experiences' (Davies and Hartley 1998)

[2] Leeds University report: 'The New Generation of Private Vehicles in the UK. Should their use be encouraged and can they attract drivers of conventional cars?' (Neil Guthrie 2001)

[3] 'Electric Bicycles' 2010, Richard Peace and David Henshaw



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