Do you speak mobility? - Cycling
In our last edition, we looked at urban walking , the best natural form of locomotion there is. And now we are continuing the theme with another mode of soft transportation - cycling - electric or otherwise.
Did you know?
- The bicycle was 200 years old last year: the Draisienne first came into the world in Germany in 1818.
- Most of our journeys are under 3km and could be done on a bicycle.
- More than one in three bicycles sold today are electric. A European trend that has also reached Luxembourg.
The bicycle: kind to the environment and your pocket
After walking cycling is the cheapest form of transport, with a very low cost in terms of infrastructure and equipment. It makes a not inconsiderable contribution to freeing up the traffic in the centre and on the outskirts of many rapidly expanding urban hubs.
Taking production, maintenance, running and fuel into account, the bicycle is the most efficient means of transport of all in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
Cycling is good for your health
It’s now a fact that children who cycle to school concentrate better than the ones who are just dropped off outside the gates. It has also been shown that staff who cycle to work show less absenteeism.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates, if every adult walked or cycles 15 minutes longer per day, over 100,000 premature deaths related to insufficient physical activity could be avoided every year. By helping to free up traffic, reduce missions and noise and lower public health and infrastructure costs, cycling even benefits people who don’t cycle themselves.
To encourage greater bike use in the urban environment, more and more communes in Luxembourg are providing self-service bikes and daily bike hire for bike trips.
Electric bicycles – increasingly popular
More and more people are using electric bikes, and you need to reckon on spending 2,500 euros for a quality bike that’s right for cycling in town.
There are 2 types of pedelec (bikes with a motor):
- The pedelec25, which is seen as a bicycle in terms of the Highway Code, allowing electric assistance up to 25 km/h, fitted with an auxiliary motor with nominal continuous power below or equalling 250 Watts, where energy supply stops if the cyclist stops pedalling, and reduces then stops when vehicle speeds reaches 25 km/h. A pedelec25 doesn’t need a licence plate and can be used on the road and cycle tracks.
- Unlike a pedelec25, a pedelec45 is considered to be a cycle with an auxiliary motor in terms of the Highway Code. It is an electric bicycle with a maximum speed of 45 km/h. A pedelec45 needs to be licensed by the SNCA.
Incentive payments for buying a bike
To encourage private individuals to opt for e-mobility and active mobility, making mobility cleaner over the long term, a new incentive (up to €300) has been introduced for buying a new bike or new electric bike (pedelec25) for personal use.
If you want to apply for an incentive payment to buy a pedelec25 or a bike, click on the link below now to find out how to go about it: https://guichet.public.lu/fr/citoyens/transports-mobilite/transports-individuels/aides-financieres-acquisition-detention-vehicule/deduction-mobilite-durable-velo.html