Why Electric Bikes Are Great

Fun

Try one and you’ll see why!

Good for you

Electric bicycles are great for fitness. Studies have shown that a typical electric bike user will ride their bike much more often, and for longer journeys, than if they owned a standard bike. In this way they actually expend more overall physical energy than if they owned a non-electric bike.  The electric bike removes mental hurdles against using a bike. Would you ride your standard bike to the bottom of the hill to buy a pint of milk if you knew you had to grind all the way back home?

It is a common misconception that you ‘do nothing’ when riding an electric bike … you can still push as hard as you want to get that high intensity workout. You just go faster!  

An electric bike can also allow cyclists of different riding ability to enjoy a ride together. Although, the electric bike owner will almost certainly have to wait for others to catch up on the hills!

There are many studies showing the benefits of cycling for the health of the individual as well the planet. (e.g Health Study). It's also no coincidence that cities with the best cycling networks in the world have also been rated the most liveable.  

Great for the planet

One of our main themes is ‘getting people out of cars’ as this has obvious benefits for our planet (not to mention the benefits to personal health and living space!).  You’ve no doubt heard about carbon footprints and the associated climatic impacts.  The carbon footprint of an electric bike is many times smaller than that of a car.  For example, in British Columbia a car discharges about 30 times the amount of carbon per kilometre than an electric bike.  This takes into account the carbon footprint of the electricity used to power the bike.  Every time you ride an electric bike instead of taking your car, you also reduce other forms of pollution such as particulate, noise and chemical pollution.  And don’t forget, every time one less car is required on the road, all the energy and resources required to build that car are also saved.

Quicker than a car?

For short journeys and many urban commutes, an electric bike is quicker than a car or using public transport. Riding to work you don’t always want a workout or to arrive soaked in sweat. With an electric bike, you can choose the level of input you want and arrive cool and ready to take on the day’s work.  For example, almost half of all Vancouver residents commute less than five km to work and more than 80 percent commute less than 10 km (Stats Page).  With an electric bike, these are easily manageable commutes.  Imagine 50% less cars on the road during the morning commute!

Bike as a vehicle

With the extra assistance of a motor, you can load the bike up much more easily than if you were pushing on your own.  Especially when hills are involved!  Many of our customers use bike-bags and trailers, including child trailers like the Chariot. Perfect to nip down to the store for groceries instead of hopping in your car!  Worldwide, bikes are increasingly being recognised as the wonderful and versatile vehicles that they are, rather than just recreational toys (the best toy in the world by the way!).  Bike culture is growing and councils are slowly making their cities and towns more bike friendly.

Cost Savings

There are large potential cost savings. Many owners are using an electric bike to replace a second car. The initial cost of an electric bike is quickly recouped through savings made by not running a car. Not to mention the benefits to health and the environment!  Did you know that it costs less than 10c to fully charge one of our batteries?! (e.g. 4c in British Columbia).  Once you are at your destination, there is no battle to find a parking space and, of course, no parking charges.

No licence is required to ride an electric bicycle.  All our electric bikes are classified as power assisted bicycles and meet all the requirements under section 2 (1) of the Canada motor vehicle safety regulations.

Go new places

With the extra boost for your cycling, you can attempt rides that you wouldn’t otherwise.  On the flat, a range of over 100km is common with the high capacity lithium polymer batteries now used.  But electric bikes really come into their own once you put hills into the equation. For example, we rode an electric bike up one of Canada’s highest mountain passes and still had battery to spare at the top (check out this link to the video)  The ride was completed faster than an elite cyclist could, with only a moderate amount of effort. A 21km ride with almost 1,100m elevation gain … all in 66 minutes!