Five things we learned this month...
Riding an ebike is not dissimilar to a regular bike, claims research by the Division of Sports and Exercise Medicine of the University of Basel. A study of 101 workers found that while the perceived exertion was lower in ebike riders, their weekly energy expenditure was higher.
Accidental damage was responsible for just as many insurance claims (49%) as bike theft in 2020. The majority (31%) claimed for both bike and accessories, such as bike computers, helmets and clothing. bikmo.com
PAVE THE WAY
Avoiding motor vehicles, poor cycling infrastructure and a smoother riding surface are the main reasons cyclists ride on pavements, according to researchers in the Swedish city of Linköping.
In the UK, over three million average monthly searches for bike-related terms were put into Google in the year to September 2020, with the peak in May 2020 when lockdown triggered a surge to 7,792,380 searches.
Adding bike lanes to city streets could increase biking safety by 26%. Analysis carried out by the University of Pittsburgh on the impact of cycle lanes in Pittsburgh, Boston and London found cycle lanes were associated with a reduced risk of severe accidents.