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Future Transport - Electric Bike Challenges

If you’ve read our first blog in this two-part series – you’ll already know that many cities and regional centres are doing a lot to help improve the future of transport in Australia: higher density living surrounding train stations and providing more secure bike parking by stations to invite train users to ride to the station rather than drive.

So, let’s return to Dave (our e-bike hero from the last blog). The problems he encounters in wanting to ride his electric bike to/from the station and around his local suburb are essentially – he needs to feel safe and comfortable riding around and, he needs somewhere secure to store his electric bike when he’s on the train.

For many, feeling safe on the roads is a function of training and educating car drivers as well as implementing different infrastructure. In Los Angeles (a city which has won awards for its infrastructure around FLFM) has created special pathways for bike riders to access public transport. Pathways could be a bike lane, a green zone or a wide, well-lit road – but in Australia (and most noticeably Melbourne and Sydney) bike riders have voiced their concerns that green zones and lower profile bike lanes just don’t work. Safe bike routes need to be designed for slow speeds and a volume of bike riders, not just painted lanes next to high speed traffic.

I’ve read that the Dutch bicycle network is developed to be suitable for a 60 year old woman with two bags of groceries…and I think that’s a brilliant guideline!
The biggest reason that electric bikes have a limited 250w motor is that they need to be safe to ride on a shared path with walkers (young and old), it all makes great sense so all Australia has to do is get the pathways!!!

Electric bikes can overcome many of the issues that come with riding to the train station or the local shops – you can easily overcome hills, you can travel further faster and, you can arrive at work or the station without becoming sweaty.

We mentioned that Dave also needs somewhere secure to store his ebike. Many inner city train stations have secure bike ‘cages’ where there are security cameras and restricted access – but more are needed, across regional locations as well as the metropolitan ones.

Or is the answer in our public transport networks allowing for electric bikes to be transported on the train or bus as well? In European and some American cities many buses have racks on the front and back where people can put their bikes so that they have them at the other end of their journey. Likewise, certain carriages on trains allow passengers to be with their bikes.

It seems quite clear; improvements to bike infrastructure are well needed. So, what is being done?

The City of Melbourne’s draft Transport Strategy 2030 states that Melbourne will become a premier cycling city in Australia. Noting that bikes (and of course, electric bikes) must play a more significant role in the transport network. “Once safe, connected bicycle lanes are in place, more trips will be made by bike. Bike trips are low-cost for the user and government, they improve the efficiency of the transport network and benefit society more broadly.”

Both Melbourne and Sydney are investing in safer bike riding infrastructure and programs – with protected bike lanes a big part of that.

Artist impression of future Little Bourke St Melbourne

City of Melbourne are planning to deliver approximately 50km of protected on-road bicycle lanes by 2030 – an increase from around 6km today! The below diagrams are taken from their planning document. The Blue and Yellow lines and dotted lines are great news for bike riders of all ages and stages!
key to Melb map

Future Melb city map

We’ve also heard the Mayor of City of Port Phillip talk about their plans – increasing their cycling facilities to cater from 20,000 bike riders today, to over 100,000 in the next 5-10 years. It’s really good news for electric bike owners!

Sydney have quantified their plans a little more – each weekday there are around 8 million journeys that are shorter than 2 kilometres and 15 million trips shorter than 10km. Their aim is to get more people riding or walking for the trips under 2km and more people on ebikes (or regular pushies) for the trips under 10km.

Supporting active and healthy lifestyles is a win win for Government at all levels – reduces illnesses and therefore healthcare costs as well as increasing the vibrancy of local places, a reduction in congestion and emissions and air pollution too!

Sydney graphic

[image from https://future.transport.nsw.gov.au/designing-future/six-outcomes-for-nsw/successful-places]

Future Transport - Electric Bike Challenges

We already know that many cities and regional centres are doing a lot to help improve the future of transport in Australia: higher density living surrounding train stations and providing more secure bike parking by stations to invite train users to ride to the station rather than drive.

But what are the problems riders encounter in wanting to ride their electric bike to/from the station and around their local suburb? Essentially they need to feel safe and comfortable riding around and, somewhere secure to store e-bikes whilst they travel on public transport.

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The future of transport – are electric bikes the answer?

When we think of driving across cities today – it conjures up nightmare traffic jams, accident near misses and possibly, a lot of swearing! But what do you think when we talk about crossing Melbourne, Sydney or even Los Angeles in 10- or 20-years’ time? Will everyone be peacefully transported whilst they sit ‘zen like’ in the back of their private self-driven electric vehicles? Or will we be transporting ourselves, on our pedal assisted e-bikes – still peacefully – maintaining our physical and emotional fitness and living in a more engaged community environment?

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Can electric bikes replace cars? We think so!

Tired of sitting in traffic jams and decreasing air quality? Well, riding an electric bike to run errands, get the kids to school, to work or the station - could just be the solution. In many cities worldwide, many transportation experts are saying that electric bikes (along with electric cars, light rail trains and more pedestrian friendly cities) could become a primary driver of cleaner air, fitter aging populations and reduced greenhouse emissions. Read on for more details.

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Celebrities embracing electric bikes

Celebrities embracing electric bikes

The e-bike revolution keeps on rolling with more and more riders embracing this no-brainer approach to riding bicycles. But be warned – just about everyone who rides an electric bike for the first time wants to buy one. Don’t say we didn’t tell you so. :) Celebrities are just like you and me. Yep, they too want to ride electric bikes, because it’s good for you, it’s practical and an easy way to get around. Electric bikes also make it downright fun too. We could also throw in a line about the environment, but you knew that already, didn’t you?...

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Deepdive into the BESV TR-1 AM eMTB

Deepdive into the BESV TR-1 AM eMTB

Dyson Bikes are the distributors for BESV's electric mountain bike - the TR-1AM. Our blog this month takes a deepdive into what makes it stand out...is it the German made Borse motor with the best power-to-weight ratio and super quiet operation? Or is it because it's built to the strictest automotive standards and has an insane 90Nm of maximum torque?  And then there's the simple three level power assist display which is fast and easy to operate and, depending on the assist level, the BESV TRB1 AM can cover up to 200km on a single charge – it’s a pretty deep tank.

 

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How to choose the right Dyson e-Bike for you?

How to choose the right Dyson e-Bike for you?

When you’re buying a new car - you probably shop around, test drive a couple of models - and make sure you feel comfortable in the driver’s seat. We recommend you do the same when shopping for e-Bikes as the range and variety can be bewildering and you want to make sure you get the right bike for you and your needs. Let’s take a look at the things you’ll need to consider before departing with your hard-earned cash!

First things first – what are you going to use the bike for? 
This might seem obvious, but careful consideration at this stage will set you on the right path.

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Cargo Electric Bikes – The Lowdown.

Cargo Electric Bikes – The Lowdown.

Cargo e-Bikes – The lowdown.

If you love the idea of getting around on a top-quality e-Bike, but have to haul lots of gear and maybe even a kid or two then an electric cargo bike is perfect for you. Traditional cargo bikes were heavy and featured clunky designs, they are hard work. Nowadays, it’s a whole new ball game. They are easy, practical, safe, environmental and yes, you guessed it, fun as well. Take a look at the super Yuba Cargo e-Bikes in stock at Dyson Bikes, Melbourne.

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Road e-bikes – the game changers

Road e-bikes – the game changers

When e-bikes first started to appear on the scene, they were mostly commuter bikes, mountain bikes and fat bikes. Here in Australia it has taken just a few years for them to gain huge popularity - and in some markets e-bikes are now outselling traditional bicycles.One exception to this embrace and acceptance has been the [...]

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Dealer spotlight: Cycle Station Albury

Dealer spotlight: Cycle Station Albury

Cycle Station Albury holds a prominent place - right at the train station's doorsteps! We talked to Jacob Wolki (owner) about e-bikes and shop dogs...What made you want to open a bike store? And to then move into e-bikes?My family was in the record industry which started declining quite rapidly around 2009. We purchased Cycle Station [...]

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