Earth Day and Electric Bikes

Electric Bikes Are Good For The Environment – Earth Day

One of the ways Electric Bikes are good for the environment is because they reduce our carbon footprint. Zero emissions. Earth Day is here 2019! Electric Bikes run on clean energy and are zero emission vehicles. Zero emission vehicles don’t add to air pollution.

As I was researching this topic I saw a statement. It said riding for 10 minutes would save 500 pounds of carbon emissions going into the air. I will be doing more research into this data along with how they come up with it. For such a statement there should be a way to validate it.

If you have any comments/knowledge/resource on this please leave them below.

Another study “Life Cycle Assessment of Transportation Options for Commuters” by Shreya Dave at MIT reported that the carbon emissions of an e-bike to be about equal to that of a non-electric bicycle.

You may think that your actions have little to no impact to help the environment. This isn’t true especially when you look at the things you do routinely. It adds up!

Electric Bike Batteries

The first thing someone could argue is that the e-bike uses batteries and those batteries get disposed. They wind up in a landfill. E-bike batteries last a long time. They can be recycled and they don’t contain lead. To find a battery recycling location go to http://www.call2recycle.org. By the way they take all kinds of batteries.

The bike and the batteries need fewer resources to manufacture.

Roadway Relief

Ebikes save on road deterioration
Ebikes save on road deterioration

 

With fewer cars using a roadway – bikes instead – the roads will sustain less damage over time. A car or truck deteriorates the roads with their weight.

Why Electric Bikes Are Slow To Adopt in North America

While Western Europe and the Asian-Pacific populations have embraced e-bikes creating double-digit annual growth. One of the barriers to more riders adopting e-bikes in North America is that many people see bikes as a recreational pastime. They see a bike as a toy. They don’t see e-bikes as an economical, environmentally friendly, healthy way of transportation.

With our traffic problems and emissions, e-bikes help on both issues. But North American electric bike sales are still lower than in some other countries.

One of the reasons – besides mindset – is legislative. There is much so confusion and patchwork laws have been created that see e-bikes as mopeds. This misunderstanding of the e-vehicle creates laws that ban them from bike lanes, public transportation, and other allowable uses.

Yet another problem is needing more protected bike lanes. Sharing the road can be tricky. Especially with 2 groups that still have a poor view of e-bikes. Cyclists and motorists.

Cyclists view them with disdain. Feeling that an e-bike is cheating. Motorists don’t much care for any 2 wheeled vehicles.

In spite of these views, there is definitely a place for e-bikes in transportation. Awareness and exposure will help to get more people adopting.

Good For Your Health

While you might not think to be in better health would be good for the environment let’s think about this.

With more exercise and fresh air, your body will become stronger. A stronger body = less chance of injury. Less chance of illness. A stronger body to deal with any illness or injury is beneficial. Your body is more efficient at healing itself the stronger you are.

Less stress. Going out on your electric bike is a stress reducer. Commuting on your e-bike is a stress reducer. Traffic jams are very stressful! Stress can be a contributor to disease.

Better health = less strain on the medical system and fewer bills for you.

Little By Little

E-bikes have become easier to acquire. It’s easier to find them locally. More bike shops are adding them to their inventory. They are easily accessible online. The cost has come down because the price of lithium batteries has dropped.

An Electric Bike may not replace your car all the time but using one will be helpful to the environment. They are a perfect solution to traffic congestion, air pollution, and noise.

 

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Comments

    • Selenity Jade
    • April 21, 2019
    Reply

    Okay, this is crazy but I’ve never even heard of electric bikes! I’m sure it’s because I’m in the US, and honestly, I’m not much for biking. I do prefer walking whenever I can and I’ve been thinking about a bike, and honestly, an electric bicycle might be more my style. A little easier maybe. Crazy enough I’ve heard of gas-powered bicycles but those are just insane. I’m going to have to look into this more. Thanks for the article!! 

      • Judy
      • April 21, 2019
      Reply

      Hi Selenity Jade, I’m not surprised you haven’t heard of electric bikes. The US is so much slower to adopt this life style. Electric bikes are a great solution to get around and get exercise! Yeah, gas-powered bicycles? No thanks. Let me know if you have questions. There’s a lot to consider when choosing an ebike.

      Judy

    • Eden
    • April 21, 2019
    Reply

    I just wouldn’t feel safe being on the road as a cyclist on a bike or motorcycle, because of how motorists behave and the amount of traffic on the roads these days. It is scary when there are big vehicles, there needs to be more done to encourage people to cycle in the UK, like extending bike lanes. 

    My father used to have an Electric folding bike, but never used it. They appeal a little to me and can reach decent speeds, in the future they are only going to get better. It is more important than ever for all of us to do our bit to protect our environment, as climate change is becoming a serious issue. 

      • Judy
      • April 21, 2019
      Reply

      Hi Eden,  I understand how you feel and agree that extending bike lanes would help a lot. The electric bikes are improving and the more they are used the better it will be for production, innovation and for the environment.

      Judy

  1. Reply

    I hadn’t realized that electric bikes had been lumped in with mopeds “legally,” and I can see why that would be an issue. I do hope that electric bikes will become more mainstream here in the U.S. for all the reasons you point out. I’m all for anything that helps the environment while also providing us with some fun and exercise. Thanks for creating this site to boost awareness of the myriad benefits of electric bikes.

    1. Reply

      Hi Cheri, Generally electric bikes and mopeds have different legal requirements. Mopeds in the US typically require license, insurance, and registration. But it varies by state, region and by country. There is confusion about the differences in ebikes, scooters, mopeds, motorcycles. And all have different legal requirements. I agree – have fun and support the environment!

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