As the world meets to accelerate climate action going forward, e-mobility, and e-bikes in particular, have got to be part of the discussion.
First, let's establish what the key goals set out by COP26 were going into the conference. What drove the discussion? There were four main themes: to mobilise global finances, to encourage and enable adaptation to climate change, to hit net-zero and to set up closer collaborations to achieve climate goals.
The conference recognised that in order to achieve its goals, developed countries must work together to mobilise funding in aid of climate action.
Adapt to Protect
Nations agreed to help enable countries affected by climate change to adapt, restoring ecosystems and protecting their communities.
Countries involved in the conference were asked for 2030 emissions reductions targets that would get them to net-zero by the middle of the century.
Collaborate to Deliver
Countries at COP26 committed to pushing forward collaborations between governments, businesses and society to address climate change.
Where do e-bikes come in?
While e-mobility held a core place in this year’s COP26, the topic of bicycle travel was missing from the discussion. This even gave rise to protests from cyclists outside the conference.
One fairly obvious benefit of cycling an e-bike rather than sitting in a car is the exercise you get. There is a lot of evidence out there pointing to the fact that riding an e-bike does contribute to your overall fitness, particularly if the bike is pedal assist so you can control how much energy you input into the bike’s overall momentum.
Great for Your Mental Health
Cycling as a form of exercise is also great for your mental health, and using an e-bike is no exception. This form of exercise lowers your brain’s cortisol levels and releases endorphins - your body’s natural painkiller - which in turn can lower your stress and anxiety. The reduction in cortisol also helps with more stable sleep patterns, which has a profound impact on your mood.
Imagine how free-flowing our roads would be if the world invested in e-bikes rather than other electric vehicles!
Lots of Fun!
We think this is the most important point: cycling an e-bike is simply a lot of fun! Life is short, so the more time you can spend enjoying yourself the better, and fitting cycling into your day in place of driving is a super convenient way of doing so.