Are e bikes the future?
eBikes are gaining popularity but are e bikes the future?
eBikes are gaining in popularity, particularly here in the UK, but are e bikes the future of cycling and, indeed, of transport in general?
Are eBikes the future?
On average, 50 - 60,000 eBikes are sold here in the UK every year, with 1 in 20 (5%) of people now owning an eBike. Already a relatively high proportion of people (around 2.5 million), this is expected to grow exponentially over the next 30 years.
There are many reasons for this.
Firstly, the decarbonisation of UK transport in the UK government's efforts to lead the Green Industrial Revolution and contribute considerably to Net Zero - fighting against the effects of climate change.
As such, the government is providing an incredible £161 million of investment in 134 new walking and cycling schemes; encouraging individuals to walk or cycle instead of drive.
Secondly, health, fitness & exercise are becoming more important to us as a society than ever before and, actually, the government’s push for the decarbonisation of transport sees health & fitness highlighted as a significant benefit of this initiative.
What’s more, the accessible nature of eBikes - the electric battery making cycling much easier for the rider - means a wider demographic of people are able and encouraged to cycle using an eBike; leading to significant health, fitness & wellbeing benefits, as well as aiding recovery and rehabilitation for many following illness or injury.
Thirdly, the demographics are changing.
Where eBikes were once most popular with individuals over the age of 40, the eBike market is changing, and has been particularly over the last 2 years.
Over the last couple of years, there has been a considerable increase in 25 - 34 year olds showing interest and, indeed, purchasing eBikes, meaning that eBikes are starting to dominate a significant portion of the cycling market.
In our opinion, e bikes are the future and the statistics, as well as the UK’s changing infrastructure and focus on greener transport, clearly shows this.
eBikes are considered to be more environmentally friendly than other modes of transport, as well as offering significant health benefits due to the fact they are:
- An efficient way to exercise daily
- More accessible to more people - people with limited mobility or those recovering from illness or injury
Not forgetting, of course, the fact that eBikes can last up to a decade with proper care and maintenance, making them a viable long term transport option.