Cycle Industry News)
A newly launched white paper from the Transport Research Laboratory on the role of transport in polluting citieswarns that “expectations must change” as roads become “less geared towards individual car ownership.”
Prominently featured under the “Future Approaches” segment of the document are two banners recommending promotion of active travel as a solution, as well as research that outlines the potential of the electric bike in reducing car mileage.
In one study the TRL Academy ran alongside 80 Brighton-based volunteers, e-bikes were loaned for a six-to-eight-week period. At the end of that trial three quarters of subjects were shown to have used their bikes to ride 15 to 20 miles per week on Brighton’s mixed terrain, with an average of 20% less miles traveled by car.
Furthermore, 70% of participants said they would then be interested in an electric bike in the near future.