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E-bike riders more in big cities and in the countryside

Do e-bike riders tend to live in larger cities or in the countryside? Our analysis showed that people who live in cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, such as Berlin or Frankfurt, as well as in smaller towns with less than 5,000 inhabitants, regularly ride e-bikes. But e-bikes are also popular in smaller and medium-sized cities with populations between 5,000 and 100,000, such as Passau or Jena.

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Bicycle thefts most frequent in large cities

On average, 234,000 bicycles are reported stolen in Germany every year. The number of unreported stolen bikes is significantly higher. An evaluation of the theft reports from our IT’S MY BIKE customers has shown that e-bikes are stolen particularly in large cities. In contrast, there is a rather low probability that one’s own e-bike will be stolen in more rural areas.

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E-bikes recovered within the shortest time

A stolen e-bike is annoying. But thanks to the GPS tracker from IT’S MY BIKE, stolen e-bikes can usually be successfully recovered within a few days. After just one day, the Bike Hunter Team finds 44% of the bikes reported stolen. After two weeks, the recovery rate is already 72%. After 3 months, the Bike Hunter Team recovers on average about 90 % of the bikes.

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Cycling reduces health risks

Sport is good for your health. It is even better to exercise every day and, for example, ride an e-bike to work. Because even 12 – 15 kilometres covered make a difference. The risk of cancer decreases considerably and the risk of suffering a heart attack can also be reduced by 40 %. This is the result of an almost three-year study by scientists from the Clinic for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at the Hannover Medical School.

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Often reach your destination faster by e-bike

By car, even the shortest of journeys drag on during rush hour. Due to traffic jams and the subsequent search for a parking space, the arrival time quickly increases during rush hour. In direct comparison to the car, cyclists therefore have an advantage. On the cycle paths through the city, past the waiting cars, they often get to their destination just as fast or even faster than car drivers. For an exemplary route in Hamburg (see figure), a car in rush hour traffic needs about 18 minutes plus the subsequent search for a parking space. A cyclist with the same start and destination takes about 16 minutes.

How much CO2 we save by cycling

Compared to the car, the e-bike is a significantly more climate-neutral means of transport. According to a German study from 2015, if you leave your car behind and get on your bike instead, you save up to 150 grams of greenhouse gas emissions per kilometre.

If you now add up all the kilometres our customers have ridden on their e-bikes, they have saved around 7.8 billion grams of CO2 since 2019. That is the equivalent of around 15,000 flights to Mallorca.

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Sustainable mobility

Many commuters use the two-wheeler to get to the nearest station. In 2022 alone, a total of 570,000 bicycles were transported in long-distance traffic (source). And our analysed data also show similar behaviour: Out of a total of 49,011,391 trips we recorded in 2022, around 320,000 ended within 50 metres of a station.

GPS trackers more popular than ever

E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular. However, these high-quality bicycles also quickly become stolen goods. More and more e-bike owners are therefore having a GPS tracker from IT’S MY BIKE installed in their e-bike. While there were initially around 750 active users in 2019, by 2021 the number had already risen to over 3,250 active users. In 2023, there are already more than twice as many: More than 10,900 users ride a GPS-tracked e-bike every week.

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Cycling to work saves money

There’s probably no easier way to save money. And it’s healthy, too: If you regularly cycle to work, you save a lot of money. And not too little: after just 5 years you can afford a small car. (Source) If that’s not an incentive to get on your bike even more often!

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The future of mobility is smart. New technologies and innovations are changing the bicycle industry for good. In our white paper, we shed light on the world of connected bikes and show what advantages smart e-bikes bring, how data creates new opportunities and how they will revolutionise the bicycle industry.

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