Can Electric Bikes Empower Future Mobility Solutions?
According to Public Health England, cycling is among those physical activities playing an important role in preventing and managing illness, such as dementia, hip fractures, depression, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mortality. Encouraging private road users to switch from driving to cycling, an emission-free active mode of transport at point-of-use, has been seen as a win-win solution to reduce transport emission and improve public health. Despite the widely recognised benefits, particularly at older ages, cycling in the UK remains a rare form of transport with only 2% of journeys by bicycle and 72% of them made by men, In terms of people aged 65 and over, only 8% of men and 3% of women 65 ever cycle. While in countries like Netherland, Denmark and Germany, women make half of the bike trips and older people make more than 20% of all their trips by bike. This research investigates whether electric bikes (e-bikes) have the power to grow the level of cycling by older people.
An electric bike (e-bike) refers to a bicycle that has a small electric motor paired with a rechargeable battery to assist the power provided by the user of the bike. Therefore, it requires less effort when compared to conventional bikes and this has enabled more people to travel further for either business or leisure purposes. For a vehicle to be characterised as an e-bike, it must be able to retain the ability to be pedalled by the user, this is how electric bikes differentiate from electric scooters and motorcycles.
This research is part of an EPSRC funded project: LC TRANSFORMS.
The aim of this project is to have a better understanding of participants' views on and experience with cycling and e-bikes if any. It also aims to explore whether e-bikes could replace their car for certain types of journeys or simply encourage more physical activities.
Volunteers must be aged over 50 (a mixture of males and females) and have an interest in the topic - either cycled in the past, is still cycling or thinking of cycling.
What will I be asked to do?
Voice North members are invited to participate in one of three focus groups to discuss their views on and experience with e-bikes and for what types of trips that they would replace their car with an e-bike.
The focus group will last for 1 hour.
When & where?
The focus group will take place in the Cassie Building at Newcastle University.
There are four time slots, please specify when you are available when registering to take part.
Wednesday 9th August
Thursday 10th August
Participants are only required to attend one focus group.
Will I get anything for taking part?
Participants will receive a £10 Eldon Square voucher to cover their time and travel expenses.
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