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Five Reasons to Commute By E-Bike

Quikbyke used six Prodecotech Stride 300 electric bikes for our rental startup this past summer. Our guests loved them, some even talking about switching from their cars to similar e-bikes for their daily commute. The company recently sent out the following article, which we want to share with you.

#5 Well Being

Cycling to work improves well-being. There have been a few studies on this and they all seem to say the same thing: commuting by bike is a lot better for well-being than commuting by car. One such study was conducted by Portland State University. This study put bike commuting on the top of the list for modes of commuting that benefitted well-being. The study measured factors such as stress, arrival time confidence, boredom/enthusiasm, excitement, pleasure and ease of trip. Riding an eBike is an added bonus because commuters don't need to worry about arriving to work sweaty or tired. Plus, riding an eBike is very enjoyable and eBike riders never have to fear strong winds or uphill commutes.
REFERENCES:
http://bikeportland.org/2013/01/30/bike-commuters-are-happiest-and-other-psu-research-tidbits-82448
http://bikeportland.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/TRB_Osmith_55x44.pdf
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29175088

#4 Traffic

Every American on average, gets stuck in rush hour traffic for 42 hours each year. According to a study released by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and INRIX, Americans wasted 6.9 billion hours stuck in traffic in 2014. According to estimates from the American Community Survey, about 86% of Americans drive a car to work and 76.1% drive to work alone. While traffic is a big reason to get out of your car and get biking to work, it is also the number one reason why only a small percentage of bicyclists commute by bike. According to a survey by Breakaway Research Group, more than half the riders they surveyed state their fears of traffic and being hit by cars keep them from biking more.
REFERENCES:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/time-americans-waste-traffic/story?id=33313765
http://usa.streetsblog.org/2015/03/04/survey-100-million-americans-bike-each-year-but-few-make-it-a-habit/
http://b.3cdn.net/bikes/7b69b6010056525bce_ijm6vs5q1.pdf

#3 Trend Setting.

Ride an eBike to work in the USA and you are a trendsetter. While riding an eBike now makes you unique, unusual and a trailblazer, in ten years, it should be commonplace. Years from now when your kids or grandkids comment on how progressive their generation is, you can show them a picture of you riding an electric bike and prove how ahead of your time you truly were. eBikes are extremely popular in Asia and Europe. In America, we are about ten years behind but catching up fast. In the next few years, Americans will see more ebikes on the roads, more charging stations, more electric vehicles and more clean, green ways of getting around. America is going green, we just need to get their faster and we can do it on eBikes.
REFERENCES:
https://www.navigantresearch.com/research/electric-bicycles
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-02/electric-bike-makers-woo-americans
http://www.businessinsider.com/ebike-sales-booming-in-europe-2014-8

#2 Money Saving

It costs more to commute by car than you realize. The toll your commute takes on you can be enormous if you factor in expenses for lost time, wear and tear on your car, insurance, tolls, parking and stress. The average American family spends about .19 cents of every dollar earned on transportation. Commuting by car costs approximately .71 cents per mile with the average American spending about $8k/year per car. For a two car family, spending over 16k a year can be a hardship. Taking just one of those cars off the road and replacing it with an eBike means more savings, more security and less stress.
REFERENCES:
http://lifehacker.com/5848665/the-true-cost-of-commuting
http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/10/06/the-true-cost-of-commuting/
http://transact.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Transportation_CostsAmerican_Dream.pdf
http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/05/22/exactly-how-many-billions-dollars-does-biking-save-american-cyclists
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2012/05/20/bicyclists-in-the-united-states-save-at-least-4-6-billion-a-year-by-riding-instead-of-driving-ased-on-friday-to-coincide-with-national-bike-to-work-day-part-of-national-bike-month-which-occurs-each/#2cc5af002017

 #1 ECO / Saving the Planet

It does not take a giant leap of faith to believe that an eBike with zero emissions is better for the planet than a gas guzzling car. To get a clear idea of just how much better, take a look at the following facts.

• Ride an eBike instead of driving just 10 miles each week and it would reduce CO2 emissions by 500lbs every year.
• If every American commuter biked to work just twice per month, it would reduce the amount of gas pollution entering our atmosphere by approximately a billion gallons each year.
• According to the Association for Commuter Transportation, nine billion gallons of fuel are wasted in traffic each year, about 2.9 billion gallons in the US alone.
• Based on the 2007 Urban Mobility Report, Texas Transportation Institute, in 2005, congestion caused 4.2 billion hours of travel delay. The total cost of these delays on the economy? $78 billion.

REFERENCES:
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/story/2012-03-25/wasted-fuel-report/53776164/1
http://youcanbikethere.com/environmental-benefits/
http://www.peopleforbikes.org/statistics/category/environmental-statistics
http://www.businessinsider.com/13-reasons-you-should-bike-to-work-2012-10
http://www.peopleforbikes.org/statistics/category/participation-statistics#interesting-facts
http://www.mismartcommute.org/facts

Posted By: Bill Moore [16-Nov-2016]

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