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Does an electric bicycle fit your lifestyle?

Your answers to these questions show how well an electric bicycle fits your lifestyle.

Of the errands run by family members, how many are within 5 miles of home?
Think about it: shopping, video rental, automatic teller machines, deliveries, recreation. Trips up to one mile from home are quicker and easier on an electric bike than by car. Trips up to five miles (ten miles round trip) are easy. Multiple stops combined in one trip on an electric bike are convenient and fun.

How many people over the age of 15 live in your home?
More people means more trips- many of which are practical on an electric bike. Do you chauffeur teenagers around? Save yourself time and bother; send them out on their own.

Do you want to get more exercise?
E-bikes assist your pedaling; they don't replace it. Many people find they ride more (and get more exercise) when they have an electric assist.

Do you want to do more for our environment?
Riding an electric bike reduces gasoline use and global warming. It also reduces air and noise pollution.

Do you own a bicycle?
If you like the bike you own, upgrade it with a power-assist kit.

How much do you participate or volunteer in your local community?
Community involvement usually means local trips, many of which are easy on an electric bike. Also, it's easy to greet and meet your neighbors from the seat of a bicycle. Most folks welcome and encourage riders of e-bikes.

Do you want a simpler lifestyle?
An electric bike is simple to use, fix, and pay for. It's the kind of clean, quiet, and people-friendly transportation we want in our neighborhoods.

Is saving money on transportation costs important to you?
Electricity to power an electric bike costs one cent for two miles of travel. Maintenance and repair costs are also much less than for a car, so every mile you ride saves money. When combined with public transportation, you can get most anywhere.

Do you set an example for others? Do you invest in sustainable products?
Electric bicycles are the first affordable electric vehicles. Riding one demonstrates their practicality. Investing in one forwards the entire industry of electric vehicles.

Are you concerned about another oil embargo or higher gas prices?
Even without another oil embargo, Peak Oil guarantees that future gas prices will rise. Electric bikes give you more control over your fuel costs and its availability.

Does local traffic congestion cause you stress?
In addition to helping ease traffic congestion, riding an electric bike enables you to glide past traffic snarls. Instead of stress, you feel like you're beating the system while enjoying the nature, sights, and smells around you.

How many miles between your home and work?
The closer you live to work, the easier to bike to work. Commuting by bicycle can save enough money in one year, just in fuel and maintenance costs, to pay for an assist kit. Even infrequent commutes (e.g. when the car is in the shop) add value. Many people find routes to work that are quiet and pleasant.

Are there adults without driving licenses in the home? How about seniors?
For many who are unable or unwilling to drive, the electric bike or trike is a great option.

How likely is it that you could replace one of your cars with an electric bike?
Dropping one car from your household "fleet" saves enough on insurance and registration to pay for an e-bike in less than one year.

An electric bike can change your life. Some user stories and a scenario demonstrate how.

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