>>1156352>All so-called 'e-bikes' are, are bike companies trying to get some market share away from companies that make scooters.
In Norway, you can ride everywhere, that includes:
-Pedestrian walk streets
This leads to bikers randomly weaving between all possible paths depending on how beneficial it is.
So you go from following the road, to taking pedestrian only shortcuts, then using the km of bike lanes that exist in the urban area, to locking it at some light pole near work.
Sure, you have to yield at every single overtake and pedestrian, but you have freedom to just go from sidewalk to road if you know you can just weave back after 200 meters.
And this is amazing, since you quickly outcompete car at distances up to 5-6km.
What a Ebike do, is that it allows you to outcompete the car at distances up to 10-15km, on top of not slowing down for hills and wind.
And then you get to the office, having woke up, breathed fresh air, stretched muscles ahoy.
In the actual bike friendly countries in Europa, paths are expanded enough that mass bicycle commute is only bike lanes. And they have more of summer season, so winter months is suddenly just 3-4.
And in this bike situation, ebikes thrives. You go faster, longer, and ignore more terrain.
For USA its far more of a hellhole situation:
1. Can you bike on sidewalk? Varies between each state
2. Do they have 1:1 with the British bicycle hellhole laws of "they are carriages, so they are cars", including the horrors of those street setups?
3. Medium distance commuter tools do not exist outside of pressed urban hellholes, meaning you either walk or car to something like a light rail/bus pit.
4. Non car infastructure is so neglected its worrysome