I commute in Mobile Alabama - death trap of sorts for cyclists. 11 Years ago I was hit dead on from the rear by a car travelling over 50 MPH. Yep, that hurt, and, still does.
I still commute every chance I get, even with a broken up body - I ride 6.6 miles to work in a full sprint on my Trek Super Commuter 8S; leaving the house at 4:30 a.m. to minimize heavy traffic flow. I go home around 5:45 pm and to stay alive, I ride an 8.8 mile alternative route. My ebike has allowed me to sprint into and out of the most dangerous areas, minimizing my exposure time in those places using timing of traffic flow and two mirrors to watch my back... It gets way too hot down here in the south and humidity rules the day. My body can no longer sweat since being hit by the car which means I have to be extremely careful and watch my heart rate and use my water bottles for sweat AND intake. Still regardless of the challenges there is nothing that makes me feel more alive than riding my bicycle to and from work.
It's actually safer riding amongst 12 million people and cars in London? The traffic moves that slow nowadays, plus TFL (traffic for London) started a initiative 20 odd years ago, to get folks commuting into town by bike. If you ever get the opportunity? Watch a live outside broadcast from London (say the news) at rush hour. Thousands up on thousands of cyclists often in BIG groups. In town it's the motorist who feels intimidated nowadays. BTW, whenever I'm in Montgomery? Always visit Hanks grave with flowers. And may you stay safe and keep riding?
I commute 11,7km (about 7,5 miles) from suburban to urban (Espoo - Helsinki, Finland). Several years ago I used to do it by a plane bike but had to stop that for several reasons. I bought my first e-bike last December and since that I have used a car for commuting only about five times.
By car it takes 25-40 min depending on the traffic. With my e-bike, now during summer time it takes 28-33min depending on, do I want to sweat or not . So, one of the reasons for e-biking is to standardize the commuting time. In winter - which here in Finland means snow and ice - the time is between 35 - 45 min depending on the condition of the bike lanes. Ice is not a problem, since here we use winter tyres with spikes, but semi-hard snow is a problem... Probably my next winter tyres should be as wide as the forks tolerate, to simulate a fat bike...
Especially during the winter time it is much easier to have appropriate clothing with an e-bike when compared to plain biking. And if one doesn't or can't shower after biking, it is not necessary with an e-bike.
We have also public transport here, but my commute means a bus-metro-bus trip which takes at least 60 min! So, an e-bike is really the vehicle of choice!
And with e-bike, no parking problems !
One plain biker claimed that I should use a plain bike instead of electric because of ecological reasons. But then I approximated the amount of electricity I use during a one year commuting, and ended to about 30kWh. That amount of electricity is produced during one single sunny summer day by the solar panels I have on the roof of my house! So, I don't believe that my e-bike destroys the World. Instead, my e-bike commuting spares at least 300 litres (about 80 gal) of gasoline a year.
Hi Jyrki, welcome. You may want to ask that person about how much energy he/she uses to pedal the plain bike and where that energy comes from. It takes energy to harvest and transport food and the last time I read about it, it is actually more harmful to the environment to use human energy than an ebike. Until humans learn to create energy from photosynthesis they may not want to accuse ebikes of harming the environment.