Study Shows How E-bikes Can Significantly Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
There are many reasons we love e-bikes (the real, legal kind, not the thing Simon Cowell got thrown from), the main one being that they have a way lower carbon footprint than cars. This would seem totally obvious, but nothing is so obvious that you can't do a study to confirm and quantify it. That's what Michael McQueen, John Macarthur, and Christopher Cherry did in "The E-Bike Potential: Estimating regional e-bike impacts on greenhouse gas emissions.
The researchers study the impact of e-bikes in Portland, Oregon, and note that there are other benefits besides CO2 emission reductions, such as being "rewarding and fun for many users, is freeing for users with limited ability and mobility, and can even lead to a car-free household." They also confirm that people ride farther on e-bikes than they do on regular bikes, "meaning that e-bikes offer the opportunity to multiply the benefits already available through conventional cycling."