Bos­ton is a top city for ebikes, study says

For Na­tional Bike Month, a study looked at ci­ties where ebikes would help peo­ple com­mute with­out cars, and Bos­ton came out on top as a great set­ting for elec­tric bi­cy­cles.

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May is Na­tional Bike Month, when ad­vo­cates tout the ben­e­fits of get­ting around on two wheels and ask more peo­ple to give that com­mut­ing op­tion a try. But if you’re still a bit wary of all that ped­al­ing, there is the op­tion of elec­tric bikes, or ebikes, which are a great fit for Bos­ton, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

GenZe, an elec­tric scooter and bike com­pany out of Sil­i­con Val­ley, looked at ci­ties across the coun­try where ebikes “of­fer the per­fect lo­cal trans­porta­tion op­tion for com­muters,” and Bos­ton ranked in the top 10.

Bos­ton landed at No. 8 on the list, beat­ing out Wash­ing­ton and Min­neapo­lis and com­ing be­hind ma­jor bike me­trop­o­lises like San Fran­cisco, Seat­tle and New York City.

“There have been many pub­lished stud­ies that rank the top bi­cy­cle ci­ties in the coun­try, but none of these stud­ies are

ebike-spe­cific” said Tom Valasek, GenZe chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer, in a state­ment. “We aimed to iden­tify the ci­ties where ebikes can make a sub­stan­tial dif­fer­ence in daily com­mut­ing.”

And what are those dif­fer­ences? Ebikes of­fer some added power, Valasek said, that help cy­clists han­dle hills and ter­rain that would of­ten be dif­fi­cult on con­ven­tional bikes.

You do still get some ex­er­cise on an ebike, but they of­fer some sup­port for be­gin­ners, ex­perts say, or those re­cov­er­ing from in­juries. Those in the in­dus­try see ebikes as a healthy, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly al­ter­na­tive to cars, not a com­pe­ti­tion with other two-wheeled trans­porta­tion.

For the study, GenZe looked at three things: ter­rain, in­clud­ing the num­ber of hills and ge­o­graphic size; hours spent in traf­fic per city; and the to­tal miles of bike­ways, in­clud­ing ded­i­cated bike lanes, bike paths and shared streets.

With no­table hills, a small ge­o­graphic size and nearly 200 miles of bike­ways, ac­cord­ing to GenZe, Bos­ton is a great place to take an ebike out for a spin.

“We aimed to iden­tify the ci­ties where ebikes can make a sub­stan­tial dif­fer­ence …” Tom Valasek

Elec­tric bikes can save your legs while still giv­ing you the ben­e­fits of reg­u­lar bikes, ex­perts say. GEOORBITAL

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