Electric scooters and bikes: the best way to beat the rush hour

June 21, 2022

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Oh, the rush hour — that daily battle to inch our way forward, bumper to bumper. 

The worst thing about it? It usually hits right when we’re trying to get to work or home, to attend an important meeting or relax after a long day.

According to INRIX, the average commuter in the U.K. in 2021 spent 73 hours sitting in traffic. That’s almost two weeks that you could take off work!

For a long time, we thought that being stuck in traffic was just a fact of life. That is until electric scooters and bikes came along.

Today, we’ll be looking at why these two-wheeled vehicles are the best way to beat the rush hour and how they can make your daily commute faster and more enjoyable.

What are electric scooters and e-bikes?

We all know what traditional scooters and bikes are — you just hop on and start pedalling or scooting away. But what exactly are electric scooters and bikes?

Simply put, they are (usually) two-wheeled vehicles powered by electricity.

In the case of an electric scooter, you stand on it, give it a little push to start and then use a throttle to make it go. If you want more guidance on how to drive an e-scooter safely, we have a beginner-friendly guide waiting for you!

When it comes to electric bikes, we have two types — pedal-assist and throttle-assist.

With a pedal-assist, you still need to pedal, but the motor gives you a little boost, making it easier to cycle up hills or against the wind.

A throttle bike works just like a motorbike — no pedalling required; you just twist the throttle, and away you go.

Why are they the best way to beat the rush hour?

They’re small and compact

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The first and obvious reason electric scooters and bikes are the best way to beat rush hour is that they’re small and compact.

This means you can easily weave in and out of traffic and reach your destination faster while cars are stuck bumper to bumper.

And with the growing popularity of electric scooters and bikes, more and more dedicated lanes are being created, making it even easier to get around on two wheels.

They’re emission-free

It’s not only about being stuck in traffic but also about the pollution that comes with it. According to the European Commission, passenger cars produce 12% of total EU CO2 emissions.

Electric scooters and bikes are emission-free, so you can reach your destination faster and do your bit for the environment.

More affordable than cars

We’re not just talking about the initial cost of buying a car but also the cost of fuel that comes with hours of being stuck in traffic.

The US Department of Energy reports that nearly 15.9 billion litres of excess gasoline were consumed in 2019 due to traffic congestion.

With electric scooters and bikes, you can say goodbye to those fuel bills and save yourself some money in the process.

Plus, with the availability of e-scooter sharing companies like Bolt, you don’t even need to own an electric scooter or bike to reap the benefits — simply download the app, find a scooter or bike near you, and pay only when you actually use it.

A healthier alternative

A study found that longer driving times were linked to a higher risk of smoking, lack of exercise, bad sleep quality, and poorer physical and mental health.

Plus, in traffic jams, we’re exposed to exhaust fumes for extended periods, which is associated with respiratory problems.

So, not only do you waste time sitting in traffic, but you could also be wasting your health.

On the other hand, electric scooters and bikes are a great way to exercise while getting to your destination.

Now, you may ask, “How exactly do you exercise when you ride an electric scooter?”

It may seem like you’re not doing much since you’re mostly on your feet and the motor does most of the work, but riding a scooter requires balance, coordination, and core strength — all of which count as exercise.

The exercise that goes into biking is even more obvious. Even though you get a little help from the motor, you’re still pedalling away, getting your heart rate up and your body moving.

Hassle-free parking

You finally reach your destination, and it’s time to park. If you’re driving a car, good luck finding a spot, especially in urban areas during rush hour.

We all know the difficulty of driving around in circles, trying to find a free spot, even if it’s farther than where you need to be.

Oh, and if time wasted on traffic wasn’t enough, we’ve got another one for you — according to INRIX, the average American driver spends 17 hours a year looking for a parking space.

But with electric scooters and bikes, finding a spot to park is a breeze since, as we already mentioned, they’re compact and can fit into smaller spaces.

Plus, you don’t even have to worry about parking meters or parking fees — simply park your scooter or bike (safely and in designated places) and be on your way.

However, don’t forget about safety

Yes, riding an electric scooter or bike is a powerful way to improve your daily commute, but with great power comes great responsibility.

Just like with any other mode of transportation, certain safety measures need to be taken into consideration, such as:

  • Wearing a helmet;
  • Following traffic rules and regulations;
  • Being aware of your surroundings;
  • Parking in designated areas;
  • Not riding under the influence.

But if you follow these simple guidelines, you’ll be zipping around, beating the traffic, and arriving at your destination feeling fresh and ready to take on the day.

Ready to make the switch?

We can’t neglect the importance of cars — they’re still a necessary part of our lives, especially if you live in rural areas, drive long distances, or need to transport large items.

But if you live in a city with relatively short commutes, electric scooters and bikes may make your journeys a little easier and stress-free.

And if the weather isn’t ideal or you need a car for those longer trips and family outings, you can always use Bolt’s car rental or ride-hailing services that offer electric vehicles so you can still do your bit for the environment.

Just download the Bolt app and get all these services in one place. 

Enjoy the ride!

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