E-Bikes Boosts Bike Usage Among Elderly
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – A striking effect is coming to light in a recent survey on mobility in The Netherlands. As there are now 1.3 million electric bicycles in use in the country the elderly (60+) that own an e-bike ride twice as much compared to the 60+ cyclists with a regular bike.
Bicycles continue to play a prominent and even growing role in the movement behavior of the Dutch. On such a scale as seen nowhere else in Europe. In some Dutch municipalities, the number of bicycle trips even amount to 35 to 40 percent of the total mobility.
Mobility Report 2013, shows that the number of trips made per bike increased by about 6 percent between 2000 and 2013. During that period, the number of kilometers traveled by bicycle increased by about 14 percent. An estimated 10 percent of this growth is attributable to the e-bike.
On ownership of electric bikes, the survey reports that 5 percent of the total population in The Netherland owns an e-bike. In the age category of 60+ ownerships level stands at 10 percent. And that part of the population really use their pedal assisted models as they ride twice as much kilometers compared to the 60+ cyclists with a regular bike.