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How My Electric Bicycle Changed Commuting Forever

March 23, 2015

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Pedego Electric Bikes Canada customers use their e-bikes for many different things – weekend rides in the park, quick jaunts into town for errands or, in many cases, commuting to and from work. And really, if you don’t have 100 kilometres to travel to your office, commuting on an electric bike makes sense – no traffic jams, no fender-benders, no road rage. Just you coasting along enjoying the fresh air and having fun.

In a recent article on Cycle Action Auckland, New Zealander Daniel Newcombe spoke about why he purchased a new Pedego and how the electric bicycle changed commuting forever for him. Entitled “Me and My Bike – Daniel and his Pedego,” the article discusses how Daniel is “just a guy who rides a bike,” not an avid cyclist or MAMIL (“middle-aged male in Lycra” – a funny term for road cyclists) but that he saw the benefits of commuting via electric bicycle instead of a car.

“I’m not hip enough to have a fixie, and hills are getting hard,” Daniel says. “Plus I cover a lot of miles for my job, and we’re a one-car family…and I liked the style of this bike. If I was going to get an electric bike, I didn’t want one like the beach cruisers that my father-in-law rents out to tourists up north. For me, it had to look like a ‘real bike’”

Daniel goes on to say that bicycles not only play a role in his daily commute to work but they’re also a factor of his day job. As a city planner and engineer he’s regularly tasked with the job of researching better methods of transportation around the city, and that includes bike lanes.

“At the moment I’m working with the cycling team a fair bit, looking at how to move from delivering ‘one size fits all’ facilities, to targeting the user and putting paths where the people are. It’s a work in progress. Rather than just saying “We need a cycle lane on this road”, we want to know: who are our cyclists? Where are they? What do they need? There are so many different kinds of road users – my kids are 5 and 7, and they get to school via a school-bus, but would I put them on the road on a bike? No way, not yet. I’m pragmatic. I don’t necessarily think all kinds of cyclists will use all kinds of infrastructure all the time.”

Clearly Auckland’s bicycle infrastructure works for Daniel right now though. To read more about his story, log on to Cycle Action Auckland.

And if you are living in Canada and looking for a fun, fast and affordable commuting option that will ensure you don’t get stuck in traffic, consider a Pedego Electric Bike. Contact us at info@pedegocanada.com or call 1-888-777-2066 anytime. We look forward to hearing from you!