Cars have been dominating roadways for over 100 years. However, since 2017 the world has slowly been changing towards a greener, pedestrian friendly way of transportation. From Seattle to New York, cities around the U.S. are beginning to recognize the need for change on a large scale. This includes expanding micro-mobility infrastructure, creating new tax rebate programs, and partnering with local business' to promote alternative travel to cars. It is especially helpful for low-income residents who can't afford to spend tens of thousands on a new car when most commuter or city electric bikes are available for under $2,000. This price differential, paired with the surge in electric bike interest during the pandemic has allowed the amount of e-bikes sold to overtake the amount of electric vehicles since 2020.
However, there are a few reasons people are still hesitant to make the change and it's the very thing they are hesitant to give up, cars. Roadways either don't have or don't have enough bike lanes. Additionally, it is often their placement and design that come into frame as the main fear. A six inch painted line is a far too common occurrence or even worse it is what is known as a "shareway" where cars are supposed to share the road with bikers with only a painted bike rider as a marker.
These work as temporary solutions to the problem, keeping up with the growth of personal electric vehicles. Cities and their governments must work towards having protected bike lanes. One of the more popular solutions to this problem is converting a lane from a three or four lane road into a dedicated bike lane. Slowly but surely, the idea of a walkable and bikeable city doesn't seem so far fetched. You will not only be able to save thousands of dollars in just the direct purchase but in the post-purchase costs as well. Car repairs, gas, and parking fees are just a handful of the expenses that come with owning a car. On the other hand, the most expensive part of owning an e-bike is the usually the initial purchase. The choice is yours to make but consider looking for an alternative to your car next time you're in the market for one.
Head to your local bike shop and inquire about any e-bikes they may have or do some research online. For starters, GOTRAX offers a wide variety of e-bikes for every kind of rider. Whether you are looking for a quick commute or an all terrain adventure, we have the ride for you. Whatever e-bike you end up choosing just remember to ride safely and don't forget to wear a helmet.
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