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E-bikes to become the transport of the twenties

Date: 13-Jan-20
Author: Liam Taylor

Electric bikes are having a surge in popularity as urban commuters begin to recognise their many benefits.

Electric bikes are having a surge in popularity as urban commuters begin to recognise their many benefits.

A new study making predictions on the next decade of trends in technology, media and telecommunications is calling e-bikes the next big thing in transport.

The Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Predictions 2020 report from Deloitte Insights has predicted e-bikes to be the mode of transport with the fastest overall growth in the decade from 2020. The report states:

“By 2023, the total number of e-bikes in circulation around the world—owned by both consumers and organizations—should reach about 300 million, a 50 percent increase over 2019’s 200 million. These 300 million e-bikes will include both privately owned e-bikes and e-bikes available to share.”

It’s easy to understand why e-bikes are growing in popularity at such a rapid rate. They are cheap to buy and operate, require little maintenance and are perfectly capable of traversing inner-city commutes. The electrification also allows those who might not usually jump on two wheels such as the elderly, disabled or less fit to get all the benefits of cycling for half the effort.

For e-bikes to truly take over as our preferred means of travel, cities that were built with automobiles in mind will need to change. However, according to Deloitte in many places this is already happening.

“… a growing number of cities are beginning to reallocate space to accommodate other forms of transport, including bicycles. Giving bicycles more space is very likely a critical step towards making cities more hospitable to bicycle use.”

With bike share companies around the country making it easy to hop on an e-bike and have a pedal, why not give it a try today!


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Liam                                              Taylor
Author: Liam Taylor

Liam is Planet Ark's Communications Coordinator. Prior to joining Planet Ark Liam spent his time studying global environmental issues, travelling Southeast Asia on the cheap and working for a sustainable property management company in Bali, Indonesia.

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