Although electric bicycles are an increasingly common sight in European cities, the differences and added benefits compared to standard bicycles are not as well recognised. Bicycles assisted by electric motors offer a wider range of people the opportunity to cycle, particularly those who do not have a high level of fitness. It is also a good alternative method of transport for people who have to commute for short distances throughout the day.
A pedelec is defined as a bicycle fitted with an electric motor which helps to propel a cyclist while they pedal up to speeds of 25mph. The PRESTO project has developed a brochure with information on purchasing, using and maintaining pedelecs, as well as all the considerations to make before buying.