E-bikes are freewheeling through rain and over hills, with huge promise for sustainable transport in rural tourist areas

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A reporter from The Conversation first rode an e-bike after a day out exploring the fells on foot a few years ago. Instead of driving back to his accommodation, he travelled 40km through the Lake District on an e-bike and was surprised by how easy it was, even after a physically demanding day. Since then, he’s been researching the potential for people to shift from cars to e-bikes and recently found that rural areas have the greatest capability to replace car travel and cut carbon emissions.

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