Investigating the potential of e-bikes as a means of active transport
ISPAH ePoster Library. Jane B. Oct 16, 2018; 225584; 55
Ben Jane
Ben Jane
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Abstract Introduction E-bikes (more specifically, the “pedelec” which only functions if the rider pedals) have been shown to elicit exercise intensities equal to those recommended in health related physical activity guidelines (Berntsen et al, 2017; Peterman et al, 2016) and have been suggested as a means of increasing physical activity in the general population (de Geus and Hendriksen, 2016). While 12% of people currently cycle for any purpose at least once a week (UK Gov, 2018), for many the perceived difficulties of cycling over hilly terrain may be a significant barrier to further increases in cycle commuting rates. E-bikes may present an opportunity to address this perception.This study set out to investigate the barriers and facilitators to e-bike usage in the SouthWest of England by engaging with a variety of potential users and identifying which aspects of behaviour change theories might best inform the future uptake of e-bikes; e.g. theory of planned behaviour, transtheoretical model, or diffusion of innovations. Method A combination of online questionnaires and face-to-face focus groups were conducted with the support of a number of local employers. Results A range of barriers and facilitators were identified with barriers including technological, social and environmental issues and facilitators being social, environmental, trialability and cost reduction. Conclusion E-bikes have been shown to appeal to both existing cycle users and to those who are predominantly car users. This study provides an insight into the barriers and facilitators to increased uptake of e-bikes as a means of transport.
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