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E-bike sales thrive throughout Europe’s main markets - except the UK

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Rebecca Morley

Rebecca has been in cycling journalism since 2018. She started out at trade title BikeBiz and still contributes features to its monthly magazine, and was also named one of Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling 2019.

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11 months 1 week ago

I live in London and Paris and I have noticed an exponential growth of eBikes in Paris and also in London. Lots of eBikes are used to carry children to school. And I believe this should be encouraged more. Infrastructure is the key to this. Central London has some excellent cycle infrastructure - which is where I see lots of eBikes and children. Paris has the advantage of infrastructure that extends out from the centre too. With the correct incentives eBikes should be a major part of urban mobility.  Storage is a problem though. They are big and they are valuable. 

11 months 2 weeks ago

Wot Sriracha sed.  You've gotta have somewhere you'd feel like riding.

To Sriracha's list of potential customers I'd add parents wanting to carry kids.

Thinking "I'll get a bike" is just less common in the UK currently.  Ultimately it comes down to the political choice (lobbied for by the industries) to take the space and prioritise motor vehicles.  There are of course lots of other things feeding into this e.g. generations of believing "best form of transport = private car" and designing our ameneties and public spaces around that.

11 months 2 weeks ago

I suspect that many would-be buyers of e-bikes are older or otherwise less ablebodied people who will still be put off by the lack of safe infrastructure in the UK.

11 months 2 weeks ago

Maybe it's because the msm in the UK will not, under pain of death, actually mention ebikes?