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More than 90 per cent of Brits have not ridden an e-bike, DfT finds

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A new report by the Department for Transport has found that more than 90 per cent of people in Britain have not ridden an e-bike.

Titled Transport and transport technology: public attitudes tracker, the paper found that while 75 per cent were aware of what e-bikes can offer, just nine per cent had ridden one.

Elsewhere, 58 per cent of respondents felt that an e-bike could be a useful transport tool for people with mobility struggles, while 51 per cent discussed the environmental benefits of using light electric vehicles rather than cars.

The most popular benefit of an e-bike was the reduced level of effort required to ride one, with 67 per cent citing that factor as an advantage.

The report also looked at e-scooters, finding that two per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds claimed to use a rental e-scooter five to six times a week.

Of those surveyed, two per cent owned a private e-scooter, with that number reaching five per cent when just looking at 16 to 24-year-olds.

With e-scooters, 46 per cent cited the environmental benefits as an advantage, while 37 per cent described the ease with which rental scooters can be parked as a positive.

Speed and convenience were the most frequently cited advantages of e-scooters, with 55 and 54 per cent of respondents respectively identifying those factors as positives.

In terms of disadvantages, 59 per cent highlighted the cost of buying an e-bike, while 39 per cent referenced the reliance on recharging a battery.

With e-scooters, 76 per cent said that the danger posed to pedestrians was a disadvantage and 71 per cent cited a lack of regulation.

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