Today I clocked over 2000 km ridden since converting this mountain bike to an #ebike
earlier this year, mostly from commuting the ~8 km to and from work. It doesn't seem far but it surprised me how quickly it adds up!
I get that riding a bike is not for everyone, but for me personally the ebike has been a revelation. I've gone from riding 1 or 2 times a week to almost every day, and also now ride to the supermarket and other shops. The motor assistance means I can ride in normal clothes while still being the fastest option for most trips. Living in a location with reasonable quality bike paths has also helped immensely by making the commute safer and much more enjoyable compared to riding amongst heavy traffic.
I've avoided over 360 kg of CO2 emissions compared to driving the same distance in a petrol car. An ebike also uses less resources to manufacture, creates less noise and other air pollution, takes up less space on the road and while parked, and is significantly cheaper to run and maintain.
Governments could do more to extend safe bike infrastructure to more areas, and include subsidies and incentives for ebikes along with other EVs.
The next logical step is to add #solar
power! This will mean I can also ride longer distances, and don't need to rely on mains power for recharging 🌄⚡