It seems a bit counter intuitive, but riding an e-bike is as good exercise as riding a conventional bike! Yes, you may exert less power while riding, but this study published in ScienceDirect shows that e-bike riders put on more miles, and thus end up getting as much physical activity, measured in Metabolic Equivalent Tasks (MET), as conventional bike riders.
- E-bikers take longer trips by e-bike and bicycle, compared to cyclists.
- Physical activity gains from active travel are similar in e-bikers and cyclists.
- Substituting all car trips with e-bike use leads to a gain of 550 MET min/week.
- Transport mode substituted by the e-bike is still used frequently afterwards.
I’m not sure what will actually happen, but I am certain that e-bikes are one of the steps towards a better, more humane transportation system.