E-bikes system could help improve London air quality

Londoners could reduce CO2 emissions by 184 metric tons by using e-bikes, a new report by the Steer Group has found.

The report suggests the number of e-bike journeys could eventually account for 4.7% of total travel - more than double London’s current cycling population.

E-bikes have in-built electric motors which make uphill climbs easier for any riders, and mean electric journeys are three times quicker than push bikes.

JUMP bikes, who were acquired by Uber in 2018, also have integrated GPS and a secure locking system. They can travel between 30-40 miles with electric pedal assistance on a full charge.

Commenting on the report, Uber’s General Manager for UK & Ireland, Tom Elvidge, said:“The Mayor of London has set out a bold vision to reduce congestion and tackle air pollution in the capital and we’re determined to do everything we can to back it. Combined with our £200 million Clean Air Plan, e-bikes could be a part of our mission to go all-electric in the capital in 2025.”

During early trials of Uber’s JUMP bikes in San Francisco, car bookings were reduced by 10% during times of peak congestion.IIt is estimated that between 81,000 to 163,000 new e-bikes would be required in London, along with the necessary bike lane and charging infrastructure, to meet the identified demand.

Uber commissioned the report as part of its efforts to transform cities for the better by making them more sustainable.