Whether it be commuting to work or testing your endurance and skills on a trail system, the popularity of bicycling in general has increased over the last decade. And now there is a biking option that can be more user friendly and less labor intensive. This growing trend is an “e-bike” and just like it sounds, it is a bike that is either partially or completely propelled off of electric batteries.
The general make of an e-bike includes having a motor (hub or chain drive) on the rear gears of the bike with power controls placed with the gear shifters on the handlebars, and a battery that is placed above the rear wheel of the bike. What is unique about this class of bike is the fact that it is the only of its kind that is considered a “low speed e-bike” while other similar electric or motorized options like the moped and scooter are considered to be “low powered scooters.”
The popularity of e-bikes is driven by people who want a less labor intensive way to travel, whether it be in a city or out on a trail. There are many questions surrounding this exciting new mode of transportation, including can e-bikes get more people engaged in biking and what are the impacts of this? As this trend becomes more prominent, expect there to be more specific laws and legislation involving the use of electric bikes.