Messing about on e-bikes
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