Mess­ing about on e-bikes

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - ROB STOCK

Trans­port takes one of the big­gest bites out of the house­hold bud­get.

The bet­ter part of $15 dol­lars in ev­ery $100.

I take that num­ber from the bas­ket of goods and ser­vices which Sta­tis­tics New Zea­land uses to cal­cu­late in­fla­tion.

It’s not sur­pris­ing so many spend so much on trans­port. Cars rule in Auck­land, fol­lowed by pub­lic trans­port. Bikes come in a dis­tant third.

Cars rule be­cause Auck­land is a big, hilly city mak­ing bik­ing gru­elling.

I’ve cy­cled to work for years, but I recog­nise not every­one feels as warmly as I do about calo­rieburn­ing, hard-car­dio ex­er­cise.

But rapidly-ad­vanc­ing e-bike tech­nol­ogy could open cy­cle com­mut­ing to more peo­ple.

Dur­ing my morn­ing ride I see more and more folk breez­ing along on e-bikes

I be­came cu­ri­ous, and cheek­ily phoned elec­tric­ity re­tailer Mer­cury, which is mak­ing a big thing of e-bikes, to ask to bor­row

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