E-bike sales are rising steadily in the US as consumers continue to discover the distinct advantages that this relatively new type of transportation has to offer.
The benefits are so basic that they apply across a wide range of situations and uses, so that people from all walks of life, or every age, and of diverse interests have all found e-bikes to be a stand-out solution to their particular needs.
Here are 7 quick profiles of people who have a good reason to use an electric bike:
1. Student Commute
Both riding short distances to/from campus or from your dorm to your daily classes saves you a lot of time compared to walking – and it’s not really practical to constantly drive and park a car.
Most universities have conveniently located bike racks for student use, and you can easily recharge again to be ready for the next day’s routine. Plus, you can fold up many models of e-bike and store them indoors rather than risk leaving them outside overnight.
2. Urban Use
Many of the same benefits that apply to student commuting apply to urban commuting to/from work and just around town. But in this case, you are also saving a lot more gas money and you’re saving time and stress by skipping heavy traffic jams on short commutes.
Taking your bike up to your office, all folded up, is also a bonus for some workers – and using an e-bike will certainly save you time and money on parking in big cities.
3. Rural Use
Although less popular in rural settings, e-bikes are finding unique uses there too. Instead of driving everywhere, you take the electric bike on errands of a few miles or less. These longer jaunts would be impractical with a regular bike, but top-tier e-bikes handle them no problem.
In Third World countries, e-bikes are often better at avoiding ditches and potholes in poorly built/maintained roads in rural areas. Some US rural residents may feel they do the same thing where they live too!
4. Wilderness Biking
Going up hills and over rough terrain is a challenge when mountain biking or out on a major hunting excursion. E-bikes don’t take all the challenge out of it, leaving a lack of fun, but they do make it easier to do more longer.
Off road experiences on bike-back are far faster, safer, and more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry about being exhausted, covered with sweat, and physically unable to bike over long distances to get back home.
5. Senior Biking
For those in less than perfect shape or who are seniors and not up to the pedal biking they use to do in earlier years, e-bikes are a great solution.
E-biking can make you feel younger and help you make getting back in shape more manageable. You won’t be limited by terrain (hills) or have to get off and walk at points. Plus, you can keep up with younger family members with whom you go biking with ease!
6. Lost Your License
There are many people who, due to mistakes they made in the past, have lost their driver’s license.
But you don’t need a license to drive an e-bike. Whether temporarily or for the long term, you can take care of all local trips in a big city (or even a smaller one) without owning a car if you own an e-bike.
7. Being Eco-Friendly
Finally, those concerned about the environment can both save it and save money on gas, plates, stickers, license renewals, and car insurance by using an electric bike instead. It costs much less per mile to drive an e-bike versus a car, and there is very little negative impact on the planet.
Thus, e-bikes are a good fit for many as an alternative means of transportation. Whether you use an e-bike exclusively or only for certain purposes, you will benefit in multiple ways, including saving time and money and skipping out on traffic.