I found this cool infographic from the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC) on why people use electric bikes (also attached below as an image in case it is taken down or the link changes).
That's an awesome find @JoePah! Thanks for sharing. I've transcribed a bit of the info graphic below because I think it's worth reading. For me the ability to go further and climb without having knee pain are the two biggest benefits of riding an electric bike. I also love how it boosts adrenaline and makes riding more enjoyable even when it's just a basic commute through a space you're very familiar with.
U.S. cities face transportation challenges related to traffic congestion, injury and loss of life from road crashes, local air quality, climate change, obesity and physical inactivity, economic burdens, and international supplies of oil. Shifting people out of cars to other modes of transportation, such as bicycling, can help address these challenges. By overcoming barriers to cycling such as distance, age and disability, e-bikes can help more people cycle and help people cycle more.
I am a teacher and I have transferred to a new campus which happens to be three miles from my home! I am in South Texas where it is still a hundred degrees on the first day of school. For the sake of practical transportation and exercise, I plan to throttle it to school and pedal it home on my own. I speak in the future tense about this because I haven't even purchased my first bike yet! If you have seen me around here asking too many questions, it is because I am taking my first bike very seriously! My research has taken me from The Currie Trailz Commuter to the Hampton Big Cat to the E-Joe Epik SE... or at least I think I am. E-Joe is fresh out! Working on it though!
That's a great plan @Vandon - it was mine and it really works. This morning we have unusually warm and humid weather and the only reason I'm dithering about riding to work is there's a chance of a thunderstorm. If I don't think I'll actually get rained on, I'll just use a lot of pedal assist / throttle. I have an E3 Dash since I'm mostly riding mostly level trails.