We all want to have long healthy lives and perhaps an ebike can be the solution for a healthier generation. The City of Nelson recently implemented a program that allows city employees to purchase ebikes at an affordable, prorated cost in an attempt to promote healthy lifestyles. Hopefully, Nelson’s vision will provide an example for other employers to follow.
Ebikes are a hot commodity in highly populated and congested areas and are used to increase accessibility. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to obtain ebikes immediately on their own dime. The City of Nelson’s proactive approach not only shows us how employers can help alleviate cost as a barrier but also illustrates how incentivizing ebikes can potentially uplift a community through positive and accessible physical activity for all ages.
Adults are primed to dominate the ebike scene, parents and guardians who opt into this new mode of transportation can impose an important impression on the next generation. Our environment informs the facts of life, especially for our little ones. Children who regularly engage with rigorous-to-moderate physical activity early in life are less likely to become obese and more likely to maintain a healthier lifestyle into adulthood. Exposure to a world where ebikes are a normalized mode of transportation can allow youth to habituate a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
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Ebikes can help riders overcome their fitness hurdles, such as the inability to bike on steep, hilly terrain. A study by the Biomedical Centre (BMC) Public Health shows how the additional electric boost from ebikes can assist populations that have been dominated by cars in the last century, transitioning to a more active lifestyle. Our most recent article, “Why You Should Buy an Electric Bike This Summer”, provides more in-depth information on how ebikes can help meet our physical quota.
Interestingly, ebikes provide a lower-intensity workout than traditional bikes. A rider’s amount of physical activity is increased due to the ebike’s ease of use and increased ability to access previously difficult or impossible terrain. Ebike riders also enjoy more frequent and longer bike rides. For instance, riders can bike to work knowing that they won’t have to break a sweat and still have the option for an easier ride home after a long day.
BMC Public Health also stated stress and lack of time are two of the main deterrents why people do not engage in physical activities. However, ebike functions allow riders to overcome those hurdles as mentioned above, meaning we should expect an increase in physical engagement once ebikes become normalized.
While ebikes provide many physical benefits, mental health benefits are just as prevalent. Getting out in nature, where biking typically takes place, is linked to lower blood pressure and helps with the seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which affects 15% of Canadians, as well as other life stressors.
Whether you are a parent, grandparent, a cool aunt/uncle, a normal adult trying to get through their day, we are all facilitators to lifelong learning. Ebikes provide many possibilities to improve our overall happiness and life expectancy. The big question is, when and how long will it take for our generation to reap its benefits?
If you’re looking at buying an e-bike or a conversion kit, contact us and we’ll help you out. We offer free consultations of various ebike solutions with a warranty on select ebikes.