Electric bikes are a new and promising alternative form of urban transportation. They provide all the advantages of a regular bicycle: fun exercise, free parking, zero emissions, and freedom from gridlock, while eliminating one of the bicycle’s more serious drawbacks, lack of power. Imagine pedalling up a hill as comfortably as riding down, that’s what the e-bike experience is all about.
Riding an ebike in the city will be faster and cheaper than either car or public transit. Fundamentally, an ebike is just a regular bicycle with an electric motor to provide additional assistance. You can pedal normally and just use the motor to help out on hills and headwinds, or use the motor all the time just to make riding easier. The experience is entirely different from riding say a gas scooter or motorbike. Here the electric assistance is perfectly smooth and silent, and it complements human power. Despite the power assistance ebikers still have to hit the pedals to get moving. And it is up to you to decide how much power assistance you want or need. Studies have found that ebikers get on their bikes two to three times more often and cover much longer distances than conventional cyclists.