5 California Cities Pushing Cycling Forward


5 California cities pushing cycling forward

E-bikes are on the rise in US cities – and a full success story is right around the corner. 

Research from Dutch e-bike manufacturer VanMoof shows that Americans take the longest trips of all e-bike users around the world, averaging 45 minutes per round trip. The data also shows US riders stopped 118.3 tonnes of CO2 emissions from being released over the last year.

How does American e-bike use compare with the rest of the world?

  • The average distance covered per e-bike round trip in the US is 7.16 miles, 1.92 miles more than the average e-bike round trip in the rest of the world
  • The average time per round trip in the US is 45 minutes, 11.6 minutes more than the average time per round trip in the rest of the world
  • In 2020, VanMoof’s US sales increased by 120% year-on-year as people rediscovered bikes as a safe alternative to public transport

Which California cities are pushing cycling forward?

There are more and more investments in sustainable mobility across the US right now.

The following California cities received the highest Acceleration score in PeopleForBikes’ latest City Ratings (2020). The score “assesses how quickly a community is improving its biking infrastructure and how successful its encouragement programs are at getting people to ride”.

  1. San Luis Obispo (4.4 out of 5)
  2. Santa Barbara (3.7)
  3. Ventura (3.7)
  4. San Jose (3.6)
  5. Los Angeles (3.5)

How the E-BIKE Act will help transform US cities

The federal government’s recently-announced E-BIKE Act would create a 30% tax credit for e-bike purchases in the US.

Taco Carlier, co-founder of VanMoof, said the following:

“E-bikes make everyone healthier. They reduce society’s reliance on cars and lower greenhouse gas emissions. They increase productivity and space in our cities. They transform commuting from the worst part of your day into the best. As we look towards a post-Covid future, they will play a central role in our green recovery.”