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This Element is an excerpt from Crossing the Energy Divide (ISBN: 9780137015443) by Robert U. Ayres and Edward H. Ayres. Available in print and digital formats.
How electric bikes may help reshape urban transportation--slashing fuel use and carbon emissions, and improving convenience, too.
Battery-equipped electric-bikes have the potential to change the commuter game radically. Even if limited to 15-20 mph, they’ll be able to use the bike paths or reserved lanes many cities are building into their plans. If just 20-30% of short urban trips shift to “e-bikes,” fuel use will drop enough to help bridge us to a cleaner, more secure energy future....
About the Author
Robert U. Ayres is Emeritus Professor of Economics and Political Science and Technology Management at INSEAD, where he became the first Novartis Chair of Management and the Environment, and founder of the Centre for the Management of Environmental Resources (CMER). His research interests include industrial ecology, environmental policy and technology evaluation, economic growth and environmental regulation, environmental economics, and eco-restructuring.
Edward H. Ayres, founder of Running Times and former editor of World Watch, is author of God's Last Offer: Negotiating for a Sustainable Future.