RAC recently took electric bikes (e-Bikes) for a spin to showcase the growing importance of ‘personal mobility options’, as well as the broader benefits of cycling in Perth.
We partnered with:
- City of Perth
- City of Wanneroo
- North Metropolitan Area Health Service through Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre Trust
- University of Western Australia
The trial was also supported by the Departments of Transport and Sport and Recreation through the Your Move program.
Why did RAC run this trial?
Perth is growing at a rapid rate and our roads are becoming more congested. There is no single solution to Perth’s congestion problem but an increase in cycling can help to reduce the number of cars on the road.
We want to help make cycling a more convenient and realistic commuting option for more Western Australians. We think e-Bikes, which take the puff out of cycling, are the key to unlocking more demand.
So, with the support of our partners, we ran the RAC e-Bike Trial to understand the potential of e-Bikes to overcome some of the barriers to cycling and inform future e-Bike or bike share schemes.
What did the trial involve?
Over 10 weeks, from 31 August to 8 November 2015, 40 employees of the four participating workplaces had exclusive use of a SmartMotion e-City e-Bike for their commute to and from work, as well as any other trips they wanted to make. Participants reported their e-Bike usage and experiences throughout the Trial.
What has the trial achieved?
RAC e-bike Trial topline results infographic (PDF 912KB)