Flemish commuters travel greater distances on electric bikes
Thursday, 04 April 2019
The use of an electric bike makes it possible to cover longer distances between home and the workplace than with a regular bicycle. Flemish commuters travel distances up to three times greater with an electric bike or a “speed pedelec” (motor-assisted electric bicycle) than with a normal two-wheeler, according to figures published today by VAB (Flemish organization for mobility).
With a normal bike, employees ride up to 10 km average to get to work. With an electric model, the distance is increased to 15 km and with a speed pedelec up to 30 or 35 km, VAB said. The share of electricity in commuting in Flanders has almost doubled in two years.
A study by SD Worx (international service-provider in human resources, risk management, etc.) revealed that 25% of workers live within 10 km of their workplace, slightly less than 10% between 10 and 15 km, and 21% between 15 to 30 km. VAB believes that commuters who live the furthest from their work place could be potentially interested by an electric bike or speed pedelec.
Furthermore, 50% employees are prepared to switch to a bicycle as transportation because of increased traffic, VAB added.