Now that the holiday season is complete, you or your loved ones may have received an e-bike as a gift. Maybe you were given some money that you can put towards the purchase of your very own new workout equipment. Or maybe, as the new year begins, you recognize it is the perfect time to jump into the world of electric bikes. And the good news is that setting financial, fitness, or social goals has never been easier thanks to electric bikes.
That’s because e-bikes are changing the world by reducing emissions, improving the health of riders, and making the transportation of items and people easier than ever. By reducing emissions, electric bikes are helping to reduce air pollution and the effects of climate change which may be a core value of yours. They are also making it easier for people to get around without relying on cars, helping to reduce traffic congestion, improve city infrastructure, and improve public health in general. Additionally, electric bikes are making it easier for businesses to ship small deliveries without adding to their carbon footprint.
Over the past year, we’ve seen how they are helping to make cities more efficient, sustainable, and livable, not to mention fun! Here’s a look at what’s to come in 2023 and how e-bikes will continue to change the world around us.
E-bikes are Improving Commutes
Commuting with an electric bike is great for a variety of reasons and will continue to improve over the next year. First, it is a much more efficient form of transportation than walking, running, or regular biking. Save your energy and arrive to work next year cool and composed, not covered in sweat. An e-bike can get you to work faster and with less effort than other manual methods.
Furthermore, they are a much more cost-effective and socially distant form of commuting than a car or public transit, and they require little to no maintenance, especially if it is equipped with a belt-drive system such as the Honbike Uni4.
Finally, some e-bikes can be folded up and stored easily, under your desk at work, in a closet, or near a loading dock depending on where your management agrees. In 2023, we will see more employees and students opting to ride to work and school as e-bikes become ever more popular.
E-bikes are Changing City Infrastructure
Government plans for new traffic and pedestrian routes take time to get voted on, funded and constructed. As 2022 draws to a close and the new year begins, more construction projects will take effect in the new year. The presence of e-bikes is well-known to city and government officials who can make a good name for themselves by pushing for more e-bike friendly legislature and city infrastructure due to the many unique benefits they provide. This has been and will continue to be a popular issue for politicians to tackle to improve their cities.
Related to government planning, we will very likely see more tax credits and rebates come into the e-bike space in 2023. E-bike tax credits and rebates are a great way to incentivize further adoption of this green technology which leads us to our next change.
E-bikes are Benefitting the Environment
Cutting CO2 emissions is a long and difficult road, but one that e-bikes are uniquely suited to continue addressing. With electric energy costing fractions of the energy needed from oil and gas to power automobiles and trucks, more companies, governments, and individuals can choose e-bikes to run errands, deliver shipments, or patrol city streets.
In 2023, it is a foregone conclusion that more e-bikes on the road will benefit the environment. These e-bikes may prompt conversations between riders who may walk away with new ideas and a greater appreciation for sustainable transportation.
E-bikes are Increasing the Health of Populations
Insurance companies and healthcare providers love e-bikes because they represent a way for everyone to enjoy cycling, exercise, and the great outdoors, no matter their fitness level. As spring is right around the corner, more individuals than ever will be able to get outdoors and move which is the main ingredient to a healthy lifestyle along with eating right and socializing. Social interactions are proven to increase serotonin which is the main chemical in the brain that provides good feelings. Physical movement provides dopamine which is another key component to happiness. Activities that provide these chemicals have always been popular, so e-bikes are well-poised to fit this need in the near future.
E-bikes are Saving Riders More Money
With many economic officials and news agencies predicting a global recession in 2023, it is more imperative than ever to manage your finances well going into next year. E-bikes can save people money in a variety of ways. First, e-bikes are usually cheaper to purchase than traditional bicycles, and they require much less maintenance than traditional bicycles. Also, since they require less energy to power, they cost significantly less to operate than cars or motorcycles. Finally, e-bikes are often exempt from license, registration, and parking fees, which can save money on the ownership of the bike. Saving money is going to be important in any economic downturn, so we fully expect e-bikes to provide riders with a level of financial comfort in 2023.
The many benefits of e-bikes are no longer a secret. As more and more riders take to the city streets on their stylish and efficient electric bikes, the compounding effect will take hold and they will be ubiquitous. For those of us committed to a sustainable future, this is the best possible scenario for next year and the years to come.
It is expected that electric bicycles will continue to improve the challenging city commutes that workers have always disliked. This is great news for anyone that cannot or chooses not to work from home. Public riding infrastructure should improve as new funding gets passed for e-bike usage and the planet will benefit from the adoption of more e-bikes by travelers. A healthy and prosperous population is possible due to the unique advantages provided by electric micro-transportation. We are excited to see what else 2023 brings and we are committed to being here every step of the way.