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How sustainable are electric bikes?

Sustainability is a huge topic at the moment and people are becoming more and more conscious of the decisions they are making in their day-to-day lives, as well as how they affect the planet. These changing behaviours have also spread as far as the commute, and we are starting to see some great changes in this regard.


Transit systems are made up of sensors and actuators – the data produced is apparent in features such as digital signboards, apps and text services that give riders wait times for services.

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An Electric Bike for a Sustainable Commute


A lot of people still choose to drive to work. However, this means that the roads at rush hour are full of cars, often with just one person inside. This problem is reduced in cities, where there are options for public transport such as buses, trains, subways and trams – but people still need to be aware of the CO2 emissions.

The below infographic demonstrates the differences between certain transport methods and the use of an electric bike and the results are staggering.



Even with the use of public transport, the average CO2 emissions per person is 89g per km for a bus and 70g per km for a train, and a car is even worse.

Electric bikes are an excellent, sustainable alternative to the daily commute as they help with rush hour traffic by reducing congestion, pollution and noise within cities and towns. They are also favoured by commuters over their conventional counterparts as the motor allows for a speedy commute to work with minimal effort involved, i.e. there is no need for a shower once you arrive at your desk.


The environmental impact of today’s transport types


To bring more clarity to the ongoing sustainability debate, collected as many available data points as possible from reputable sources to rank the various mobility modes – including the growing number of New Transportation services, such as e-scooter and shared bikes – based on their average carbon-emission output.

The environmental impact of being transported from A to B is significant because transport is a major user of energy, and burns most of the world’s petroleum.