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This Element is an excerpt from Crossing the Energy Divide (ISBN: 9780137015443) by Robert U. Ayres and Edward H. Ayres. Available in print and digital formats.
How electric bikes may help reshape urban transportation—slashing fuel use and carbon emissions, and improving convenience, too.
Battery-equipped electric-bikes have the potential to change the commuter game radically. Even if limited to 15-20 mph, they’ll be able to use the bike paths or reserved lanes many cities are building into their plans. If just 20-30% of short urban trips shift to “e-bikes,” fuel use will drop enough to help bridge us to a cleaner, more secure energy future....