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Electric Bikes

What is an e-bike?green e-bike clipart

An e-bike, or electric bicycle, is a bicycle with a motor to give a boost when you need it.

The battery-powered motor provides electric pedal assistance, with different riding modes that can be set based on how much power you want to add to your ride. The higher the power setting, the shorter the range.

Battery range fact

Open University facilities for e-bike users

Electric bikes cannot be charged in buildings on campus and should be charged in the specific lockers provided or at home.  These lockers have been installed at the bike shed near to Geoffrey Crowther, Walton Hall Campus.

Please note that bicycles are not to be brought into buildings onsite and bike sheds are to be utilised.​

Pros and Cons of electric bikes

Pros and cons of e-bikes

Please visit Play by Decathlon for more information on electric bikes and a comparison between e-bikes and regular bikes.

Health and wellbeing benefits

“Cycling is better for your health than riding a pedal-assist electric bike, but e-bikes provide a better workout than walking” (According to a review from International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity)

  • Can improve cardiovascular fitness as they provide more moderate exercise
  • Can improve wellbeing and reduce stress
  • Reduced intensity for an effective workout
  • Cycle more often

For more information on the benefits of e-bikes and research studies, visit Forbes article.

Environmental benefits

Electric bikes are a zero-emission transport option, with every pedal, you’re being kinder to the planet.

Some environmental benefits are:

  • Perfect for commuting as they reduce congestion and pollution
  • No noise pollution
  • Reduces Co2 emissions – cycling only releases approximately 21 grams of Co2 per passenger kilometre travelled, compared to 271 grams per passenger kilometre in a car

For more information, please visit Halfords article.

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