See that kid riding by you, effortlessly gliding up the hill as you juggle your shopping and sprint for the tram? Hear the soft whir as that woman glides past your window while you wait in traffic stretching beyond the horizon? e-Bikes are taking over. With Rilu e-Bikes and their pedal-assisted electric motors, an idea that was once obscure and unpopular has become fashionable. But could they also be the key to saving our planet?
We can all agree that climate change is a reality. And there′s no denying that much of the emissions polluting our atmosphere are caused by our gas/diesel/petrol guzzling automobiles. What we might not all know is that Australian-made cars emit 43 percent more emissions than European cars. That′s 199 grams per kilometre. The last Motor Vehicle Census counted 18 million motor vehicle owners in Australia. Motor vehicles in Australia produce about 13% of Australia′s carbon emissions, and with the population steadily increasing well. We might want to take our foot off the gas once in a while.
What Can Rilu do?
Even just one person giving up their Toyota and opting for a healthier, fitter lifestyle can make a difference. The Lithium Ion batteries in e-Bikes produce almost no carbon emissions, slowing the accumulation of toxic gasses wafting up into our atmosphere and trapping us in our own mistakes.
If inner-city people gave up their road-crowding cars and opted for electric bikes instead, Australia could see a marked reduction in its contribution to global warming.
The e-bike lifestyle has other earth-friendly benefits, too. These slim two-wheelers take up about a quarter tenth of the average space a car takes up, and as a result we could reduce overcrowding in cities, decrease road accidents and calm the nerves of thousands of drivers gripping their knuckles on the steering wheel. Bikes can be stashed just about anywhere and a garage is hardly needed to house just one or two e-Bikes. Who knows what you could do with all that extra space? Start up a garden and live a self-sustaining, organic lifestyle? Maybe, but let′s not get too ahead of ourselves.
Are they right for you?
Head on over to rilu-e-bike.com.au and check out their range of options on different e-Bikes. Consider whether you really need to drive to work every day. And it′s at least got to feel good rolling past a traffic jam in the bike lane once in a while.
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