Electric bikes (e-bikes) will transform urban and suburban transportation. With a little bit of pedaling, you get up to 20 mph. These mobility marvels come with a hefty price tag to purchase outright. But dockless electric bike share is rolling across the country at price points comparable to standard pedal bikes.
From an urban planning perspective, e-bikes are appealing to a diverse group of people who would otherwise not get on a bicycle. Bike advocates often refer to the “interested but concerned” population who would use bicycles for transportation if some barriers were removed. E-bikes are appealing to people who haven’t ridden in years, or who feel out of shape. It’s not the same level of exercise as a traditional pedal bike, but it is replacing a car trip.
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