Cycling is the new driving. Bike commuting, cycle-share programs, and expanding bike-lane infrastructure top Victoria’s traffic agenda. But while attitudes toward cycling are changing, so are bikes themselves. Electronic bicycles (also known as e-bikes) have hit the scene and are making a major impression. While they look like normal two-wheelers, they have a built-in electric motor for propulsion; some kick in with pedaling and others have engines where you can thumb the throttle.
One might ask, if the bike is doing all the work, where is the exercise? Well, the trick to making your e-bike a fitness tool is to use the motor just enough to keep going. Cycle until you’re either wiped out or you hit a steep hill, and then engage the engine for that extra oomph. Regardless of your style of riding, electric bikes have plenty of benefits that make them worth your while. Here are just a few reasons why you need an electric bicycle: