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Motives, perceptions and experiences of electric bicycle owners and implications for health, wellbeing and mobility

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  • Jones, Tim
  • Harms, Lucas
  • Heinen, Eva

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The sale of electrically assisted bicycles (‘e-bikes’) is growing at a rapid rate across Europe. Whereas market data is available describing sales trends, there is limited understanding of the experience of early adopters of e-bike technology. This paper investigates the motives for e-bike purchase, rider experience and perceived impact on mobility, health and wellbeing through in-depth interviews with e-bike owners in the Netherlands and the UK.

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  • Jones, Tim & Harms, Lucas & Heinen, Eva, 2016. "Motives, perceptions and experiences of electric bicycle owners and implications for health, wellbeing and mobility," Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier, vol. 53(C), pages 41-49.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jotrge:v:53:y:2016:i:c:p:41-49
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2016.04.006
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