Blog — electric bikes

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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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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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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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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New Year, New You…New Bike?

New Year, New You…New Bike?

It’s that time of year, when everyone around you is making (and then desperately trying to keep) resolutions for the upcoming year. The most popular resolution is surely – I would like to live a healthier lifestyle or, I want to get fit this year…And what about you? Did you start 2018 thinking – “yes, [...]

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Dealer Spotlight - Bikemore in Perth, WA

Dealer Spotlight - Bikemore in Perth, WA

Our latest dealer spotlight is on Bikemore in Perth. Garry and his business partner came from strong retail backgrounds before branching into electric bikes and have now been operating Scootamore/ Bikemore for around 8 years.What made you want to open an electric bike store? We realised the opportunity ahead was very encouraging for electric bikes - [...]

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What are the health benefits of riding an e-bike?

What are the health benefits of riding an e-bike?

It’s well known that people who exercise are far less likely to get sick than those who don’t. The risks of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke and depression (among others!) are reduced dramatically…and yet, the majority of the population does not exercise.The reasons are valid: we are tired, busier than ever and, unfortunately, most of us aren’t that fit [...]

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Come see us at Australia's first Technology & Gadget Expo

Come along to Australia’s first Technology & Gadget expo and take the latest product in the Dyson electric bike range for a spin! Featuring the Zehus Bike+ hub which weighs a tiny 3 kilograms and is packed with features including Bluetooth connectivity – this e-bike will be Australia’s lightest and most stylish of 2016!The expo is on at the Melbourne [...]

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Which electric bike is right for you?

Which electric bike is right for you?

Electric bikes are soaring in popularity and it’s so easy to see why: - they’re great for the environment - you can ride to work and not arrive in a lather of sweat - hills and headwinds are a thing of the past - they’re even more ‘low impact’ on your joints than traditional cycling, and - there are so [...]

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