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The popularity of the pedelec

By the end of 2012 there were more than one million e-cyclists in the Netherlands and 10% of the total 1.3 billion/ cycling kilometers were done by e-bike. The figures were shown in a survey by the Dutch Cycling Council Fietsberaad – the data from the official Netherlands Bureau of Statistics do not distinguish between ordinary bicycles and pedelecs (the official name for e-bike). To avoid misunderstandings, the pedelecs’ electric assistance only complements, and therefore does not replace the necessary human pedaling power.

130402-pedelec-hollandThe Fietsberaad survey confirms that 10% of seniors aged 60 and up now own a pedelec. One fourth of all cycling kilometers ridden by this age group are made on a pedelec and the amount of cycling kilometers ridden by them has risen remarkably in recent years. While the number of kilometers cycled on a normal bike decreases with advancing age, the number of kilometers cycled on a pedelec remains unchanged as the cyclist gets older.
Senior women cycled 50% more kilometers in 2010 than they did in 2000. This was not only because there were more women aged 60 and above, but also because of the introduction of the pedelec. Pedelec ownership of middle-aged women (46-60 years) is even somewhat higher than for seniors, namely 13%.
Though seniors are ‘heavy users’, pedelecs should not be seen neither as a mean of transport only for senior people nor as a mobile walker. The image of “someone is not fit enough to go by bike“ is not true. The pedelec is also popular with commuters, recreational cyclists and even children, cycling to school over a longer distance.
Written on: Apr, 02 2013
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