Urban mobility of the future

The eBike as the key to changing urban traffic

Future mobility is one of the central challenges of our time. The eBike is just one of the few solutions that has already established itself. The pedelec allows individual travel that is both healthy and ecological, and even fun at the same time. It is the pioneer of electro-mobility – and a response to resource scarcity, climate change, urbanisation and rising emissions. It is also a crucial factor in the mobility mix of the future.

Challenges of urbanisation

Cities are already bursting at the seams today – and will only continue to grow in the future. The United Nations predicts that about two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. In Germany, already three out of four inhabitants (77 percent) live in cities today; by 2050, this number is expected to increase to 84.3 percent. That is why urban traffic will triple by then. This will further put a strain on infrastructure, which already today is often at its limits. One reason: About 57 percent of all distances are still covered by car, only just over 22 percent are covered on foot and around 11 percent by bike. However, switching to a bicycle or pedelec offers quite the potential: Searching for a parking space is no longer necessary and urban traffic jams can be bypassed or prevented.

Strain on urban residents

More people and more traffic also mean more CO2 emissions, pollution and noise. All of which are factors that also affect the health and quality of life of urban residents. Traffic jams are first and foremost stressful. That puts a strain on your health. Studies have shown that commuters in large cities are at an increased risk of burnout. Especially motorists are at risk. In addition, road traffic is the number one source of noise in cities: In a survey conducted by the Federal Environmental Agency, 76 percent of respondents said that they feel disturbed or bothered by road traffic in their living environment. Commuting by bike, on the other hand, has a positive effect on both mental and physical health.

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SOURCE: Bosch

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