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Ten Reasons to commute on an e-bike

As businesses across Ireland return to the office, it has become apparent that, while employees have missed the comradery and routine, the commute to the office has become a key consideration. With warmer weather and brighter days in our midst, it’s a great time to rethink your commute. If you’re in the market for a new bike, an e-bike could be just the ticket to a faster, more eco-friendly commute.

Here are 10 great reasons to opt for an e-bike:  

  1. Pedalling is a breeze

We’re no stranger to strong gales in Ireland and oftentimes the greatest obstacle to getting outside can be braving the elements on your bike. E-bikes can make it easier to power through harsh, windy conditions, facilitating a smooth commute no matter the weather. Thanks to the additional boost from the motor, pedalling through gusts of wind is a thing of the past. 

  1. Boost your fitness

Don’t let the motor fool you; you can still reach your fitness goals with an e-bike as the motor only kicks in once you start pedalling. In fact, it’s the perfect way to ease into the world of cycling if you’re a beginner or if it’s been a while since you got back in the saddle - It can assist you and adjust as your fitness levels improve. It’s also a great solution for those who suffer from ailments or joint stiffness as it’s a lower-impact exercise.

  1. Head for the hills

For many, hills can be a stumbling block to cycling, particularly for those considering it as a pre-work commute. This is another great reason to switch to an e-bike as the trusty motor helps to remove any additional effort required to brace challenging hills and climbs while keeping the speed to get you to your desk on time without feeling overexerted.

  1. Go Green

Vehicular transport is responsible for over 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland.[1] Making the switch to cycling is a simple but impactful way to do your part to fight climate change and work toward climate action. E-bike batteries can be easily recharged with renewable energy, making it a great eco-friendly commuting alternative that won’t slow you down.

  1. Save Money

Whether you’re travelling to the office by car, train, or bus, those costs can easily add up and have become more apparent since returning to the office. With Cyclescheme, e-bikes and associated equipment can be purchased for up to €1,500 free of any Tax, PRSI, or USC. In addition to the tax savings with Cyclescheme, the cost of recharging e-bikes is minimal and, with proper care, maintenance costs (such as tyres, chains, and brake pads) are infrequent.

  1. You make the rules

Commuters will be all too familiar with transport delays that are out of their control. Commuting by e-bike means you will no longer be limited to public transport schedules, overpacked buses, fuel levels, and traffic updates. This is where that motor comes in handy again as you can jet off at a time that works for you and avoid the dreaded rush hour traffic; all without breaking too much of a sweat.

  1. Go the distance

E-bikes have come a long way in recent years. Thanks to improvements in technology, e-bike batteries can handle longer distances than ever before without running out of energy, making it the perfect option for those commuting to and from the office.

  1. Pick up the pace

If you’ve been held back by injuries, or fitness levels, then an e-bike is a great tool to help you get cycling and enjoy the great outdoors again. An e-bike caters for all abilities and enables a level playing field so you can ride at an impressive speed, regardless of the weather or terrain conditions. It’s also a great way to get involved with group cycling without worrying about keeping up with fellow cyclists.

  1. Enjoy yourself

In addition to the boost in endorphins from the exercise, commuting on an e-bike is generally a more enjoyable option than sitting in traffic on the way to or from the office. Getting some fresh air, zooming past traffic jams, and taking on hills with ease can work wonders for both the mind and the body.

  1. The choice is yours

There is such a vast range of e-bikes nowadays that there is a model to suit all needs, wants and abilities. Whether you’re looking to take on mountain biking, to explore local trails, or you’re looking for some comfort while you cruise, you are sure to find what you’re looking for. When you sign up to Cyclescheme, you can choose to purchase your bicycle and equipment from over 300 bike stores across the country.

One4all Rewards’ Cyclescheme offers the perfect solution for employees looking to upgrade their commute and start cycling from as little as €5 per month. Businesses can benefit from a centralised online platform to track, approve, and review applications, along with a dedicated Cyclescheme account manager who will be on hand to assist with any queries they have along the way. For more information, visit Cyclescheme.ie.

 

[1] Environmental Protection Agency (2021) Greenhouse gas emissions and projections, Available at: https://www.epa.ie/our-services/monitoring--assessment/climate-change/ghg/ (Accessed: 15th March 2022)