More than ever, soaring gas prices coupled with urban density are underscoring the need for alternative transportation options that will alleviate the strain on crowded streets and public spaces while also curbing carbon emissions from motor vehicles. The good news is that we’re in the driver’s seat and with electric mobility comes a myriad of personal and societal benefits.
Gives You A Boost
E-bikes and e-mopeds use a small motor and battery that help you pedal or throttle forward with your chosen degree of effort, from moderate to none at all. Hills and distances that might have felt out of reach are now accessible, and worrying about how you’ll plan your route becomes a thing of the past. Because e-bikes provide low impact exercise, this also makes this mode of transportation universal and convenient for riders of all fitness levels and ages, and even for those who might have injuries.
Builds A Healthier Environment
An e-bike is patently better for the planet than a car, both with regard to sourcing materials, manufacturing, and the act of transportation itself. And because transportation accounts for 29% of carbon emissions nationwide, even small feasible changes in transportation habits can make a big difference in mitigating climate change. This is because e-bikes and e-mopeds are powered with an electric motor rather than carbon-emitting fuel that pollutes the atmosphere.
Whether traditional or electric, cycling in all its forms benefits the planet and the people who ride, however there is evidence to support the long-term benefits of an e-bike over traditional cycling. Certainly traditional bikes provide transportation and great exercise for avid bikers, however e-bikes are accessible for a larger cohort of average consumers that want to change their habits. Studies have shown that those with an e-bike at their disposal opt to use it for transportation 67% more frequently than those with only a traditional bike. In other words, they are more inclined to actually use e-bikes for more trips, get more moderate exercise, and reduce their dependence on gas in the long run.
Saves Time and Money
Though electric personal transportation requires an initial investment, riders will reap the long-term benefits of time and money in spades. It’s worth noting that while not all car trips are interchangeable with bike trips, 50% of all trips are three miles or less which indicates that saving time and money by changing transportation habits is more feasible than it might seem. Riders who opt for an e-bike or an e-moped save money by eliminating the cumulative costs of gas, car maintenance, car parking, public transportation, bike or moped share services, and ride services like Uber or Lyft. Commuters recover precious hours by saving time associated with public transportation schedules, traffic, locating shared services like bike docks, and searching for parking. Innovation and growth in the e-bike market has increased the availability of e-bikes and in many cases, reduced the price and therefore lowered the barrier to access. SWFT in particular carries high quality e-bikes at considerably lower prices than most mainstream brands thanks to factory partnerships that allow access to a comprehensive supply chain.