The e-bike could become a symbol of a mobility transformation
There’s something going on in our cities: Mobility is becoming smarter and people are changing the way they think and act. The cities themselves are key drivers of new mobility strategies. As a result, a new generation is growing up, for which not only the classic bike but especially the one with propulsion assistance is more than an attractive alternative. These young urban bikers are not reducing their vehicle to its basic function of a low-cost means of transportation – in view of clogged city centers and growing environmental awareness, riding a bike has a much greater significance for them.
Pedaling is viewed as being hip, practical and, at the same time, acting responsibly. Exactly this cohort, typically between 20 and 49 years old, accounts for 17 percent of the German population and has the highest trendsetting potential, according to a representative GIM survey. Consequently, e-bikes and new concepts such as the Bio‑Hybrid Passenger may have the momentum it takes to revolutionize the mobility behavior of wider segments of society. The e-bike as a game changer? Maybe even a symbol of change?
Current statistics published by the German Bicycle Industry Association (ZIV) confirm this positive market trend. For the first time, the one-million mark has been surpassed in Germany. 1.36 million e-bikes were sold in 2019, compared to 980,000 in 2018. This equates to a quantitative increase of 39 percent. Accordingly, the market share of e-bikes (see infographic) in the total bicycle market has increased to 31.5 percent. The number of bicycles in Germany, including e-bikes, grew to 75.9 million in 2019, according to ZIV estimates. The number of e-bikes included in the total is estimated at 5.4 million – and heavily counting.
The bike boom notwithstanding, there’s also a downside, which is reflected in the current, 2019 “Bicycle Monitor” published by the German Federal Ministry of Transportation and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). 44 percent of the bikers polled in the survey stated that they felt unsafe in traffic. Too much traffic and lack of consideration by drivers of automobiles were the most frequently mentioned reasons.
The mobility concept of the Bio‑Hybrid can help enhance a subjective sense of safety. With its roof structure, its higher driving stability due to its four wheels and its custom-developed tires, the Bio‑Hybrid offers higher driving safety than a conventional two-wheeled pedelec.
Flora, a modern and enterprising urbanite with a zest for innovative forms of mobility, had the opportunity to test the Bio‑Hybrid “Passenger” for a whole day in Germany’s financial center, Frankfurt. She shared her experiences with us in a small video. For Flora, the pedelec with the four wheels is a “good mix of a car and a bike” that enables her to filter traffic around town. By the way, not just by herself, because a passenger can comfortably sit behind her.
However, Flora feels that the “Passenger” isn’t just suitable as a means of transportation taking her from A to B with ease, but that a trip in the Bio‑Hybrid is also a perfect warm-up for her subsequent workout at a gym.
But see for yourself what Flora has to say about her test day.