Bicycles, in the last decade, have made a comeback into circulation of urban areas. Although this revitalization has not been substantially obvious, it is obvious that traffic congestion and CO2 emissions show no signs of decreasing in the immediate future. Roadways are having trouble supplying proper flow of traffic and are having to be redesigned to accommodate traffic without using their allowable design life. Bicycles are seeming to be an ideal option in an urban environment, however pose many disadvantages. With the advancement in technology we now have electronic bicycles that eliminate many disadvantages to biking, and will be more readily in the next decade financially. In the following paragraph I will discuss the advantages discussed of E-bikes in the article researched.

E-bikes have the ability to take you longer distances than traditional bicycling without breaking a sweat. Ideally bicycling used for transportation purposes is only good for short distances, whereby you aren’t physically exhausted or need a shower after riding. The E-bike can provide a rider with up to 15-30 miles with one charge. With technology improving at an almost exponential rate there is only room for improvement there. Also having an electronic bike trumps fighting the elements such as hills or winds. E-bikes are fairly expensive compared to normal bikes but cheap compared to car ownership, this will also be less a factor as technology improves and the bikes become more integrated into society.

Being a college student, where bicycling is a fairly high part of transportation, compared to the whole population, I see influence on bike use from year to year. I have seen this through implementation of more bike lanes, bike friendly roadways, bike repair stations, bike rentals, and even special bike storage. It is self-evident that bicycling is being rejuvenated throughout urban areas and with the technology of e-bikes, will soon be one of the primary forms of transportation.


Ian Sacs