It has long been known that–especially to those for whom higher impact workouts are a challenge–cycling can provide many health benefits. As a mode of transportation, it also provides many environmental benefits. Some still faced limitations for physical and/or topographical reasons, though. E-bikes are changing that for many people.
E-bikes are a lot like regular bicycles, except there's an electric motor to help you go faster with less effort. This helps with both types of limitations by helping them with the effort it takes to pedal, even uphill.
E-bike sales have risen rapidly and are expected to keep rising, reaching 130 million sales in only 4 years. Why? According to Popular Science, recently manufacturers switched to lithium-ion batteries from heavier, more expensive options which made them more accessible.
Their popularity is also due in part to climate change. People are looking to reduce their carbon footprint but electric cars are too expensive and standard bikes are slower and more difficult. E-bikes are exactly what they've been looking for.
In that same Popular Science article, they mention that:
A British survey of 2,000 commuters found that, in just 5 years, switching to e-bikes could save them £7,791 on average. Since e-bikes are more beneficial for health, the environment, and your wallet, its understandable popularity is going to keep growing. So maybe you too should get on board with this new trend and join the race to better health, more wealth, and a happier planet.
The government requires drivers to keep license plates on their vehicles to protect public and private safety. Commuters are opting to ride bicycles over driving cars for any number of positive lifestyle benefits, but cyclists trade off the safety afforded to drivers.
License plates are not required by law for bicycles in most areas, but there are various benefits to implementing this measure to protect cyclists in reckless riding behavior. Several American states have attempted bicycle license plate systems on a provisional basis, as documented.
Whether you are a leisurely bike rider or consider more of a passion, all riders should be in the habit of regularly cleaning their bike. Simply put, a clean bike looks betters, operates better, and will last longer.
Even if you are using your bike just to cruise to the beach or around town, Bicycling.com recommends, "Cleaning your road bike monthly (or every 20 to 25 rides) and a mountain or 'cross bike more often". So, while it may be easier just to put your bike back in the garage after a few rides, making an effort to wash your bike monthly (even if it doesn't look dirty) can really help extend the life of your bike and help with day to day operation of the bike!