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E-bikes—good for public health?

Authors: Hanne Beate Sundfør, Aslak Fyhri, Helga Birgit Bjørnarå
Report nr: 8759/2020
ISBN (digital version): 978-0-12-819136-1
Language: English

It is well established that physical activity (PA) is health enhancing, and that active travel can increase total PA. The e-bike demands lower levels of intensity for the same pace and distance as a conventional bicycle, due to the assistance of the electrical motor. Still, the e-bike provides PA of at least moderate intensity, for both inactive and active individuals. The net volume of PA from starting to use an e-bike depends almost entirely on the transport mode it replaces, and the changes in travel patterns and other PAs. Overall, people tend to ride longer and more often when they switch from a CB to an e-bike. The impact of psychological health arising from riding an e-bike is still inconclusive.


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