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Avoid crowds and benefit the environment. Think electric bike.

Halfords encourages electric bike commuting for a green post Covid recovery.

Save money, reduce carbon emissions and avoid crowds to keep your commute safe, easy and good for you and the environment.

With lockdown easing, we are starting to think about the best ways to commute to work. The government released a £2 billion package to promote alternative forms of transportation, such as walking and cycling to aid social distancing and keep workers as safe as possible. However, pedalling through traffic at 8 am sounds like a sweaty mess for some, who would rather use their car to get to the office and avoid the effort of cycling to work on a regular bike.

Enter ebikes! They are the perfect combination between cycling and motoring; making your pedalling efforts lighter and your commute an eco friendly, cost effective breeze. 

How do they work?

Ebikes are just like regular bikes, but with an electric motor assisting you. This means you will still have to pedal, but won’t be needing to put in as much effort as you would on a normal bike. You can also choose the assistance level you would like, in order to make your commute more or less easy depending on how athletic you’re feeling on the day. 

Make your commute a breeze

The benefits of an electric bike are similar to the ones of a regular bike, just amplified when it comes to making the whole pedalling business easier.

Imagine having to cycle across traffic with a regular bike and showing up tired and sweaty at work. This is something that just doesn’t happen with an ebike, especially when in ‘high assistance’ function. 

Save CO2, save money and save yourself from crowds

One other obvious benefit of commuting by ebike is the amount of carbon emissions and money you can save in the long run, if you leave your car at home. Not to mention keeping social distance and avoiding crowded buses and tube stations, which might not feel like the safest places to be during the coronavirus pandemic. Ebikes perfectly match the new government guidelines on travel. 

Get some exercise

Assistance or not, you still have to put in the work for the ebike to be moving. This means getting fit in the long run! You might even find that your daily commute is enough to keep you in shape and get you to work fully energised. 

Is there only one type of e-bike?

There are many different types of electric bikes, among the most common: classic, folding and hybrid. The classic type is your general ebike, with a motor that can be placed front, centre or back. Folding ebikes are great if your commute has to involve some sort of public transportation, as they are super easy to carry on a train for example. They are also a great choice if you want to keep your ebike in the office with you, rather than on the street. And finally, hybrid ebikes are a midway between road bikes and mountain bikes, which makes them great if your commute includes some rough terrain and you need that extra cushion from the thicker tyres. 

Ebikes and the law

You might be wondering what legal requirements you need to satisfy. Electric bikes are known as ‘electrically assisted pedal cycles’ (EAPC). You do not need a licence to ride one and it does not need to be registered, taxed or insured.

The maximum speed that the motor can propel you to is 15.5 miles per hour and it can have a maximum power output of 250 watts. If your ebike meets these standards, then it is legally considered as a regular bike. But, if it doesn’t, then it is a motoring vehicle and must be registered, insured and you must have your licence with you while riding as well as your crash helmet (that we recommend using anyway, for safety!). 

Now you know all you need to know about e-bikes and how your daily commute could benefit from riding one. Are you ready to support the green revolution?

More information on ebikes can be found here


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