Electrically-assisted bikes: potential impacts on travel behaviour

Cairns, S, Behrendt, F, Raffo, D, Beaumont, C and Kiefer, C (2017) Electrically-assisted bikes: potential impacts on travel behaviour. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 103. pp. 327-342. ISSN 0965-8564

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Abstract

This paper reports on a review of the European literature about the impacts of having an electrically-assisted bike available to use, together with results from a trial in the UK city of Brighton, where 80 employees were loaned an electrically-assisted bike for a 6–8 week period. In the Brighton trial, three-quarters of those who were loaned an e-bike used them at least once a week. Across the sample as a whole, average usage was in the order of 15–20 miles per week, and was accompanied by an overall reduction in car mileage of 20%. At the end of the trial, 38% participants expected to cycle more in the future, and at least 70%said that they would like to have an e-bike available for use in the future, and would cycle more if this was the case. This is consistent with the results of the European literature which shows that when e-bikes are made available, they get used; that a proportion of e-bike trips typically substitutes for car use; and that many people who take part in trials become interested in future e-bike use, or cycling more generally

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics > TL0001 Motor vehicles.Cycles
Depositing User: Chris Kiefer
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2017 09:13
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 09:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/69785

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