Ebikes have exploded in popularity but as with anything new, it will take a while for them to be understood and accepted. If you ride an ebike, you may have been subjected to insults, harassment, and negativity. Motorists may have shouted that you do not belong on the road and other cyclists may have told you ebikes are “cheating.” Why do they hate ebikes? Here are some reasons people resist this new form of transportation and recreation:
Ebikes are emission free, low impact to the environment, and operate silently. The ebike's low-speed electric motor provides a boost of power to climb hills, extend the range of trips where a bicycle can be used, allow bicycle users to bike more often and farther. They make too much sense and are here to stay. Let’s get those who think ebikes are the devil onto one for a ride. Ebikes are fun to ride and once everyone figures that out, the good times will roll.
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