Electric bikes are catching up on traditional pedal power in the Netherlands

Electric bikes are catching up on traditional pedal power in the Netherlands

3rd March 2015, Comments 1 comment

The sale of electric bikes in the Netherlands rose 16 percent last year, almost four times as fast as the sale of ordinary bikes.

This means one in five bikes sold in the Netherlands is an electric bike, with a small motor, according to figures from sector bodies Bovag and RAI Vereniging.  

E-bikes are particularly popular with pensioners. In total, more than one million bikes were sold in the Netherlands last year.

Turnover in the sector was up 11 percent at €886m.

Government cycling experts are recommending the introduction of a 25 kph speed limit on Dutch bike lanes to curb the impact of electric ‘super’ bikes.

Electric bikes with speeds of up to 40 kph are now on sale in the Netherlands and there are concerns about their impact on cyclist safety.

 

© Dutch News

1 Comment To This Article

  • Vishmai posted:

    on 3rd March 2015, 15:40:57 - Reply

    It would be great if they limit the speed of bromfietsers from 40 to 25 kph, I see a lot of reckless drivers in Rotterdam and Amsterdam areas. I always feel unsafe whenever they are passing next to me just because of the speed.