For many Norwich residents, an electric-assist bicycle is a perfect local transportation, providing the right amount of boost to handle hills, be safe on the roads, and do round-trip commutes without breaking a sweat.
For individuals, making an e-bike a regular part of how they get around has a big impact on their household carbon emissions. Using the Cool Climate calculator biking to work just ONE day each week would, on average, save 900 lbs of CO2. Increase that to 3-4 days a week, and do that 30 or so weeks a year, and it really adds up!
A study by the University of Oxford confirms the significant impact of swapping the car for active transport (cycling, e-biking, or walking) just one day a week.
A very affordable way to get a high-quality one is to convert your regular bike.
This online workshop features a video of an actual conversion with direct Q/A with two experienced e-bike converters. Notes on tools, materials, and vendors are also available.
The workshop was organized by the Norwich Energy Committee, with funding from the Norwich Women's Club and technical support from CATV.
Electric Bike Review's compilation of affordable e-bikes is here.