bikes: past, present & future
1960′s Avon Bicycle Rickshaw
What’s it like to ride an ebike?
Ebikes are generally like normal bikes—they only go when you pedal them and they have gears and hand-operated brakes. The addition is that they have a motor that adds power to your pedalling. It stops when you stop pedalling and starts again when you start. The brake immediately cuts out the motor.
For a 5km ride to a train station bike cage or a 15km commute home-to-office, an e-bike is as fast or faster, costs far less and actually offers health benefit compared to the poor outmoded car. Hills flatten and headwinds ease ahead of an electric motor but the exercised rider arrives enlivened and ready to work.
from Ride On-eBike buying guide