Kaivalya Dixit commutes from his residence at Bandra (West) to his office at the Bandra-Kurla Complex. Three years ago, irritated by the commute hours he pledged to commute on his bicycle. It didn’t take more than a week’s time to regret his decision: tired of the endless paddling, sweat and rising temperatures, he moved back to his old ways. But, from the last two months, things have been different for Kaivalya; he has suddenly fallen in love with his bike and takes it to work very often. What has changed?
- His old bicycle. He tried his son's bicycle which has a rechargeable motor kit to it, he still has to pedal but now has the option of switching it to the handlebar; this gives his bike a motorized kick, and just like on motor-bikes, Kaivalya can now and then relax and enjoy the breeze.
“I am no more worried about cycling now, no distance is far off when you can lay back and the cycle is still moving forward. Isn’t it wonderful?” exclaims Kaivalya gleefully.
This is the story of many people living in metropolises who keep figuring out solutions for their daily commutes. This new generation alternative - the electric bicycle - not only helps you to save money on fuel bills, but is also a greener alternative to the harmful carbon-emitting options.
In COP21, famously known as the Paris Agreement, the world came together and pressed on the issue of curbing greenhouse emissions, one of the primary causes of temperature rise, rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions.
Green transportation may not offer a complete solution, but it still is a step forward towards a sustainable environment.
A recent study by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy showed that increasing e-bike (also known as electric bicycle) and bike use by just 14 per cent could reduce carbon emissions by/to 47 percent by 2050.