Giving pedal-power an extra push to reduce carbon footprints

The COYou2 subsidy programme has helped employees in Switzerland and the US to take some of the effort out of cycling. Peter from Zurich and Mark from Armonk use their electric bicycles to commute to work and to run errands normally carried out by car. The combination of reducing their carbon footprints and integrating frequent aerobic workouts into their schedule represents a real win-win situation – for them and the environment.

Never an uphill struggle

Peter’s first ebike was not up to the task, showing serious signs of fatigue after only two months. This was no great surprise considering his gruelling commute of 120 kilometres a week, part of that via a steep mountain road on the outskirts of Zurich. With the superior replacement model, Peter can reach speeds of over 40 km/h and get to work in under 40 minutes, 20 minutes less than on public transport. Peter comments, “The weather isn’t always on my side, but I get an 80-minute workout every day.”  Asked about the energy saved through this investment, he says: “I suspect the power needed to charge the ebike’s battery is a fraction of that consumed by public transportation.”

Converted in a few hours

Mark from Armonk used a COYou2 subsidy to purchase a kit that converts a standard bicycle into an ebike in a few hours. Like Peter, one of Mark’s motives for acquiring an ebike was the need to ride uphill. Every road from his home is an ascent and the strain on his knees made conventional bike riding problematic. The COYou2 subsidised ebike was the ideal solution. “The fact that I don't have to start my car every time I need to run an errand benefits the environment and contributes to reducing traffic congestion locally. A great add-on benefit is improving my fitness. Even though the ebike is electric, I still do a lot of pedalling on the straights,“ says Mark.


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