A Look at E-Bikes
A Look at E-Bikes
An electric bike, also called an electric bike or e-bikes, is a pedal-type bicycle with an electric motor attached to the pedals used to power pedaling. The electric motor offers a solution to the problem of limited speed when traveling on flat surfaces such as streets. There are many advantages to an electric bike over a traditional gas powered bicycle: the lack of gasoline required for power and the absence of exhaust fumes. In addition, since an electric bike does not need a combustion engine, emissions are not emitted, making it cleaner than standard bicycles.
Electric motorcycles are a relatively new form of transportation, having been introduced about 20 years ago. The first electric bikes were made available to the public in Japan in the early 1990s. Since then, electric bikes have steadily increased in popularity as a way of traveling around town.
The two main categories of electric bike are upright (pedal-less) and recumbent (foot-powered). Both provide good travel options and allow you to sit back and relax while you bike around. The standard electric bike is quite small, only able to seat a rider comfortably between breaks. The recumbent electric bike allows the rider to sit back completely while riding and provides a great deal more flexibility. In short, both provide good alternatives to standard bicycles, allowing people to make use of their bikes no matter where they may be.
Electric bike advocates claim that e-bikes are much better for the environment than traditional bicycles because e-bikes don't burn as many emissions. However, there is no definitive evidence regarding the environmental effects of electric bike use. It's impossible to know exactly how many tons of carbon dioxide a family of four would be responsible for if all motorized traffic was eliminated. Similarly, there is no way to project how much fuel oil would be burned if everyone rode an e-bikes instead of their standard automobile.
E-bikes do have some advantages over standard automobiles, however. Because e-bikes travel at greater speeds, they tend to be less harmful to the environment than comparable auto transportation. On the other hand, e-bikes cannot move as fast as cars, trucks, or buses, so emissions are also higher than with comparable vehicles. Additionally, e-bikes cannot parallel park and have limited stopping distance. Both of these disadvantages are offset by the fact that e-bikes cost less to purchase and repair.
Current US electric bicycle laws don't require a minimum driving age, so children under the age of 16 are legally allowed to own and drive electric bicycles. The Department of Transportation has estimated that as many as fifteen million adult Americans currently use electric bicycles to commute to work. Of those adults, many do so because their local public transit system does not offer a convenient or cost effective option. For those commuters, e-bikes provide an affordable alternative to driving and taking public transportation.
Because electric bicycle laws currently vary among the states, it is important for bikers to familiarize themselves with their state's regulations before traveling. In general, e-bikes must be operated on designated routes and must be carried on designated paths. Bicyclers may also be prohibited from riding on some public roads, such as freeways, bridges, or toll roads. It is also illegal to ride an e-bike on any public railroad, bus lane, or bus station.
E-bikes provide a distinct advantage over other forms of transportation. They are much faster and more convenient than conventional bicycles. Since there is no need to climb or turn around, e-bikes allow the rider to cover a greater distance than would otherwise be possible. As long as the rider has sufficient strength and control, it is entirely possible to ride an electric motor vehicle for just one mile without putting in too much physical effort. This makes it ideal for someone who lives in a neighborhood that experiences a lot of traffic, or for anyone who simply finds driving and pedaling a pain. In addition to saving money and avoiding the inconvenience of driving and pedaling, E-bikes are environmentally friendly and are much safer than conventional bicycles.