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Alternative Transportation Part 2 – A Closer Look: Electric Bikes vs The Bus

By March 14, 2014September 7th, 2022No Comments

Last week, in Part 1 of our four part blog series on alternative transportation, we discussed the benefits of using electric bikes vs. a  car. We found that the yearly cost savings of using an e-bike can buy you a very nice vacation, and who wouldn’t want that?

Today we compare  electric bikes vs. the bus. Many people use public buses for their daily commute to and from work. Electric bikes have many advantages over the bus. Electric bikes save time, provide exercise and  save money over a bus.  Electric bikes also provide personal freedom to go where you want, when you want.  A bus can never do this.

No Waiting Unless the bus stop is right across the street from you, you need to walk a bit  to get to the bus stop. You need to leave your home early enough to arrive at your bus stop at least 5 minutes early in case the bus gets there early and takes off without you. Don’t be that person running down the street chasing the bus. If the bus does take off without you, you will need to wait anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 hour for the next bus to arrive. Even if you arrive on time, you still need to wait for the bus. With an electric bike, you control your time and leave when you are ready.

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No Crowds You see the bus arriving and you notice how crowded it is. Sometimes, you may not be able to even get on the bus because all seats are taken and too many people standing. So, the bus driver is usually kind enough to let you know the next bus is right behind him or wait for the next one. This can be so frustrating, annoying and gets your day off to a bad start. Even if you are able to get on a crowded bus, if you bus ride is over 15 minutes how much fun is it standing there on the bus shoulder to shoulder handing on to the strap or bar above you. Not so comfortable. Then, when someone hits the stop request button, have a lot of fun being pushed, squeezed and bumped into as that person gets off the bus. Once again, you feel angry, annoyed, and frustrated which only increases your stress levels. With an electric bike, your are out in the fresh air, taking a route you enjoy. There is seldom any waiting on bike paths.

SAVE $$ Think about the money savings too. A one way bus ride in most cities is $2.25. Yes, indeed transfers are available but usually have a time limit of 3 hours. So, if you are working full time you have to pay another $2.25 to get home or you can save some money by purchasing a weekly or monthly bus pass. Monthly bus passes can be anywhere from $125 to $200 a month. Your electric bike commute can save you over $2000 per year.

Save Time You also save so much time on an electric bike compared to a bus. How many bus stops do you have to wait for until you reach your final destination? It can be so annoying when you have to stop at 12 different bus stops until you reach your final destination. Even when you reach your final bus stop, you may have to spend 5-10 minutes walking to your final destination.

Get Exhilarated Ditch the bus and ride your electric bike. You will feel energized and refreshed when you arrive. Leave the frustration behind – enjoy life more. Why not get there faster on your own time and put a little extra spending money in your pocket each month with an electric bike.

Stay tuned next week as we discuss the electric bike vs. the train or subway. You’ll be amazed at how much time and money an e-bike will save you. If you have questions about any of the electric bikes we offer or want to learn more about the benefits of using electric bikes, contact us today at 303-443-0932.




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