Electric bikes ‘could help people return to work’
A new study found that electric bikes can reduce transportation emissions and offer workers a way to get back to work during the coronavirus.
If e-bikes left the same way in the UK, as in many European cities, it would reduce congestion, improve mobility and save CO2, according to the study.
He said the UK government had not yet realized the strategic importance of e-bikes, push-bikes with electric motors.
The biggest impact would be in areas with poor public transportation, he found.
That’s because a wide range of people would be able to use e-bikes, he said.
The research comes from the Center for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (Creds), funded with public funds, based in Oxford.
The researchers say that in Denmark, where cycling has been strongly encouraged for decades, e-bike routes are already connecting cities to cities and villages.
The research comes at a time when ministers are desperate for solutions that allow people to get to work without risking their health on public transport, but also without increasing carbon emissions.
So far the main emphasis has been on bringing people to urban centers, where pop-up cycle paths are introduced.
But the Creds document says that e-bikes can be particularly effective in economically disadvantaged areas where people can’t afford cars, but bus services are poor.
This could be in suburban or semi-rural areas.
He says the UK government should find ways to encourage the use of e-bikes.
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Creds Professor Nick Eyre told BBC News: “E-bikes offer us an exciting new opportunity to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.
“They must be part of the plan for the major investments we need in transportation to get people back safely in economically and environmentally sustainable ways.”
Critics could say that creating a large lane network for electric bicycles would be expensive and sometimes not feasible.
There will also be problems with bicycle theft – and culture in places where there is little history of cycling.
Professor Eyre said: “We know that cycling is culturally dependent. There is much more cycling here in Oxford than in Leeds, for example.
“It’s partly because Leeds is bigger and more fun, but partly because in Oxford cycling is just something we do.
“[But] the past few weeks have shown us that there is much more capacity for people to change than we previously thought. “
Some planners believe that the United Kingdom is on the verge of an urban transport revolution.
The government is currently consulting the public on the use of electric scooters on the streets of Britain.
However, a wide range of organizations, from pedestrians to motorists, have expressed their fears about the potential dangers of electric scooters, both on the pavement and on the road.
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