In a perfectly sustainable world, vehicles that require gasoline for fuel would be extinct. Electric bikes and vehicles would transport us from point Lahaina to Kaanapali, and in between, we would consider how we have reduced our individual carbon footprint significantly by commuting on our electric bike. Or at the very least, we would not be worrying as much about the negative effects of climate change.
Can an electric bicycle really be a more sustainable mode of transportation?
According to experts, there would be an 11% reduction overall in carbon emissions by 2050 if bikes and e-bikes make up 14% of travel in cities worldwide. If you want to minimize your carbon footprint, research shows that reducing or eliminating travel in a gas-guzzling vehicle is a great way to do so.
Can an electric bike really replace your car?
For a more sustainable commute, consider taking an e bike to get from point A to point B. If you are concerned that the e-bicycle won’t get you there as fast as a car or truck could, that is technically true. Depending on where you live, you might legally be driving from 25 mph to 70 mph to get around.
On the other hand, most electric bikes stop providing electric assist while pedaling at 20 mph, however, some will provide assist going at speeds up to around 28 mph. But in the context of getting around a busy beach town, or bustling city, your bike might just be able to transport you from Kapalua to Lahaina
faster than a car!
Have you ever been stuck in rush-hour traffic, moving 5 mph for no apparent reason? You have been behind the car in front of you for so long, moving so slow, that you have memorized every bumper sticker on the back of it. And then it happens. Out of the corner of your eye, you see someone in the bike lane ride past your vehicle. You watch as this individual on a bicycle passes car after car until they are out of sight.
It might be your imagination, but it seems that they were smiling as they rode along on their motorized bike. It’s probably not your imagination. This individual was likely smiling, and for more reasons than the satisfaction they got from beating the other commuters home from work. They might be smiling because they don’t have to worry about the rising price of oil, and how they will afford gas at the pumps this week.
Or it might be the endorphins kicking in!
How many times have you driven your car to a gym or park for a workout?
What if you could skip the drive and your mode of transportation could also BE your workout? Well, it can! The physical benefits of riding an electric bicycle include burning approximately 350 calories per hour, and extending time spent outdoors. Being outdoors also has plenty of physical and mental health benefits, including increased doses of vitamin D through healthy exposure to sunlight, and decreased blood pressure.
Studies also suggest that spending as little as 20 minutes outside is enough time to lower stress levels, improving your mood and enhancing your health and wellness. And no, rolling down the windows of your SUV does not count as being outside.
The electrical bicycle is far more than just a bike with a motor. It is a sustainable means of transportation and recreation. It is an alternative to trying to find parking or being stuck in traffic. It is a more economical, ecological means of transportation that can decrease pollution, while increasing your daily dose of vitamin D. And the e-bike is a source of moderate exercise and a fantastic way to experience Maui, Hawaii!
So the next time you take your electric bike out for a spin, remember that you’ve chosen a fantastic option for sustainable recreation and transportation.
Remember when you were a kid, and the only way to get to your friend’s house was on your trusty 10-speed bike? Many of us relied on our bicycles as a form of transportation long before we got a license to drive. In our childhood, bikes weren’t just the vehicle that transported us to our next adventure… Riding itself was the adventure! And most of us were never motivated to get outside for a bike ride because we needed to burn some calories. Our reasons for riding were much simpler: We just wanted something fun to do on a Saturday!
As adults, our reasons for riding a bike can often be outweighed by our reasons not to ride: We’re not in shape enough to ride. We’ll arrive a sweaty mess if we ride a bicycle to work. And a car will get us from Kapalua to Kahului faster than a bike!
Enter the electric motor-assisted bicycle! Electric bicycles are similar to a bike that is strictly human-powered, but with several electrical components added to it, such as a battery, a controller, and an electric motor. With the electric motor, riders can toggle between a few levels of assistance, allowing them to choose between getting a workout in, or letting their electric bike do the work. The electric bike offers assistance to the user, so they can arrive at their destination faster than they would on a traditional bike. How fast exactly? If you are pedaling, you can ride as fast as you can pedal. While most e bikes stop providing electric assist while pedaling at speeds of 20 mph, some provide assist while moving at 28 mph.
Not only can e bicycles be faster than standard bikes, but they are also regarded as safer. E bikes give commuters the boost they need to take longer routes rather than shorter and possibly more dangerous routes. The e bike also enables commuters to get through risky intersections faster. Areas once regarded as challenging and even off-limits for cycling become more accessible with an electric bike!
Electric bikes may be slightly slower than automobiles, but they are a more eco-friendly option, as they are considered zero-emission vehicles. Unlike cars or even scooters, you don’t have to fill up your e bike at the gas pump, making it a more economical transportation option.
Whether you’re commuting on your e bicycle, or you’re just riding a rented e bicycle for recreation, you can avoid the hassle of finding a parking spot associated with owning a car, and feel good about reducing your carbon footprint too!
You don’t have to be an athlete to reap the health benefits of riding an electronic bike either. Around 50% of people who buy e bikes don’t consider themselves cyclists. Often, they are simply individuals who appreciate how the electric bike’s small motor gives them a moderate workout. Research suggests that comparing the energy used to pedal a standard bicycle versus an e-bike is like comparing running to brisk walking. Both burn calories, but the former happens to burn more.
So the next time you take your e bike out for a spin, remember that you’ve chosen a fantastic option for outdoor recreation and transportation. Riding an electric bike is a physical activity that will get you outside… and may just make you feel like a kid again!