The last few years have been some of the hardest on record. Closures and openings, record-high energy costs, and supply chain disruptions have left many individuals in a lurch as to their primary transportation needs and how best to fulfill them. Weighing the pros and cons of car ownership and how to commute in general is top of mind for almost everyone.
Drivers are flooding the roads as they head back to work and school, either hybrid or full-time. Parents are dropping kids off and picking them up from elementary schools and kindergartens. Folks are traveling more than ever before, so cities are even more packed than normal. This heavy traffic volume creates all sorts of issues for commuting. With the growing availability and popularity of e-bikes, the time has finally come to break free from traditional commuting patterns and look at the problem from a different angle.
Issues with Commuting by Car
Everyone has a different experience with cars, but many people can point to one or two main sticking points for what frustrates them on the topic.
Supply chain disruptions and low interest rates have ratcheted up the cost of both new and used cars to an unsustainable level. Even if one has the money to afford a new car, availability is still at an all-time low as computer chips, and high labor costs prohibit manufacturers from meeting demand.
Traffic during the pandemic was light and flowed well. But with office reopenings and back-to-school drivers, the streets are now dense with honking horns, construction, and accidents from irresponsible drivers.
Fuel prices remain elevated far above pre-pandemic levels with no salvation in sight thanks to unfortunate geopolitical tensions around the world.
Environmentally conscious individuals want to achieve a sustainable future and simply don’t want to contribute to more pollution via emissions that increase greenhouse gases like carbon. City driving is especially fuel-inefficient, with cars idling and not performing at their highest mile-per-gallon range.
Vehicle maintenance such as oil changes, brake pads, and filter replacements are expensive, easy to forget, and a big time commitment.
All of these reasons and more beg for a better way to commute. Thankfully, electric micro-mobility options are rising to meet the challenge!
Alternatives to Commuting by Car
Some alternatives to commuting by car and avoiding all of the previously mentioned pitfalls include walking, taking the bus, and lightweight options such as electric scooters. Unfortunately, walking is too slow and tiring, the bus is not socially distant, and electric scooters are prone to getting caught on curbs or in snow, and lack the power and range of the best alternative to cars: electric bikes.
Electric commuter bikes are the perfect answer to all commuting concerns.
Their affordable up-front cost is orders of magnitude less than that of a typical passenger vehicle. Driven down by readily available materials and lean manufacturing, the price of an electric bike is now manageable for even the strictest of budgets.
E-bikes can take advantage of shortcuts through parks and neighborhood bike paths, bike lanes, and parking lots. By avoiding dense traffic, you’ll be able to arrive at your destination in no time during even the busiest rush hours.
Charging an e-bike costs drastically less than filling up a car with gasoline and can often be done at work if allowed. And thanks to their “right-sized” approach, e-bikes are incredibly sustainable compared to almost every other practical option on the market today.
Issues and Solutions when Commuting by E-bike
In order to be fair and well-balanced, we should mention some of the issues one may encounter while commuting via e-bike. Thankfully, each of these issues has an easy solution which we will also cover per topic.
Rain and snow can make commuting by e-bike challenging. However, thanks to brands like Honbike that build their e-bikes with an IPX6 highly water-resistant design, you can rest easy if a little water hits the bike. Additionally, if more serious protection is desired, electric folding bikes like Honbike HF01 can be folded up in seconds and carried indoors thanks to their light design at only 20.8kg.
Many riders need to commute while it is still dark out in the early hours of the morning or may return home at night, well after sundown. Without car headlights, this can be challenging. Thankfully, Honbike e-bikes come equipped with bright LEDs at both the front to illuminate your way ahead and the rear to indicate to drivers that you are present. By following simple safety tips for riding electric bikes at night, you will ensure your safety and that of others.
Some commuters have a long distance to travel to their offices or schools and require a long-range battery. Getting stranded is far less likely with a superb 100km range. Be sure to charge your bike each night if it gets low to prepare for the next day’s journey.
Not all e-bikes are street-legal in all cities. By understanding e-bike laws and regulations ahead of time, you can plan the route that satisfies all your needs and allows you to follow the law, too.
Finally, e-bikes can be dangerous when used improperly, but the same can be said of any transportation method od even walking. Be sure to always stay aware of your surroundings, avoid loud music in your earphones, and use paths and bike lanes appropriate for your ride. To be seen by everyone around you, try to wear the proper safety gear and bright colors, signal your intentions ahead of time, and follow all traffic rules just like traditional bikers are required to do.
Not everyone has yet caught on to the many benefits provided by e-bikes when it comes to commuting. You may choose to keep these secrets to yourself or tell all your friends and family about how they can improve their daily commute with an electric bike. We are all about choice here in the e-bike community, and the choice is yours!