Why You Need An Electric Bicycle

Why You Need An Electric Bicycle

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:

Easier Travel

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Most people who rule out commuting to work by bike do so because of the mess factor. Walking into a staff meeting sweating through your clothes is not a good look for the office. However, the combo of cruising and cycling that e-bikes provide saves you some effort (and some sweat). Hills become a breeze and distances become much more manageable. You can burn some calories but prevent your ride from becoming a full-blown workout you’re not dressed for. Curt Bannister, Sales Manager at Marty’s Mountain Cycle, is witnessing the growing popularity of electric bikes in Victoria first hand, “We’ve found our electric bikes are very popular with the military and folks who live out in the west shore. It’s way faster than sitting in traffic and they have the beautifully paved Galloping Goose for a smooth ride into town.”

Lighter Carbon Footprint

Obviously, since electric cycling doesn’t consume gas, your e-bike emits a lot less carbon than a car would. According to iCANwalk’s Canadian Vehicle Survey, the average car emits 4 tonnes of carbon dioxide in a year and vehicles in general contribute to about 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. We could save about 3.8 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year if every Canadian left their car at home just one day a week. Choosing to ride over driving your car just once a week can really make a measurable impact. Not only are you doing your part to help the environment, it’s a fun and easy way to do so!

More Savings

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In Victoria, riding an e-bike doesn’t require a special license, registration or insurance. Therefore, investment and operating costs are almost nothing compared to a car. E-bike prices range between $2000 – $4000 – about as much as a high-end road bike. With our current bike promotion, your e-bikes come with a 5-year warranty on the motor ensuring you will get the most out of your new eco-friendly toy. Even if the battery or motor does break down during your ride, you still have the functionality of a normal bicycle to get where you need to go. No need to pull over and wait for a tow-truck to save you.

Above All, It’s Crazy Fun!

At the end of the day, you’ll have a ton of fun riding your e-bike. There’s a nostalgic feeling that kicks in whenever you’re on one, kind of like that feeling you got when you started riding as a kid. “When you get off work from a long day, you’re excited to go home because you get to ride your e-bike. People are no longer looking at it as a chore. The electric bike just makes life that much easier”, adds Curt. Although you might need to get one to truly understand, but there are few things more smile-inducing than floating up a steep hill with little effort.

Receive 2 Free E-bikes With A Phase 2 Purchase

Pacific Landing is encouraging people to drive less and ride more with our new electric bike promotion in partnership with MMC. For a limited time only, receive 2 FREE electric bicycles with the purchase of a Phase 2 condo. Offer ends July 31, 2018. Register today for more details on our remaining suites.

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