10 FUN FACTS ABOUT EBIKES
1 E-bikes make riding a bicycle for fun, commuting, and transportation easier and more convenient; and allow current bicycle users to bike more often and farther.
2 E-bikes are a dependable option for people limited by fitness, age, or disability; and whose work commutes are within the 5-20 mile range and who traditionally drive.
3 E-bikes are as safe, stable, and sturdy as traditional bicycles.
4 E-bikes are not gas-powered bicycles, and are quiet and emissions-free.
5 Studies show that e-bikes do not travel significantly faster than regular bicycles and some instances, are slower, depending on the location and the rider.
6 The three main components that differentiate an e-bike from a traditional bike are the rechargeable battery, small electric motor, and handlebar computer with speed, mileage, and battery life indicators.
7 E-bikes come in three classes:
- Class 1 is a pedal assist e-bike with a motor that cuts off after the rider reaches 20 mph.
- Class 2 is a throttle-assist e-bike with a motor that cuts off after the rider reaches 20 mph.
- Class 3 is a pedal assist e-bike with a motor that cuts off after the rider reaches 28 mph.
8 E-bikes have to be labeled by their class and speed, which helps law enforcement officers detect the presence of an e-bike.
9 As with any vehicle or consumer product, responsible use and riding rests on the user, but if public safety is a concern, proper education and enforcement are recommended.
10 In 2016, e-bikes represented 1% of sales in the bicycle market and in 2017 that number was 7%.