Car drivers really use subsidised electric bicycles

  • Soort:Nieuws Fietsberaad
  • Datum:02-05-2013

Before purchasing a subsidised electric bicycle in the Arnhem-Nijmegen city region, six out of ten participants drove a car to work. Presently only two out of ten travel by car.


  • This is the conclusion of a survey carried out by the city region. 630 Employees who purchased a subsidised pedelec,drive on average 74 km less per week by car or motorbike. The city region introduced the subsidy last year in Spring. Commuters in the city region could be eligible for a rebate of 30% off the purchase price of an electric bicycle up to a maximum of € 600 per request. Within three months the available subsidies were exhausted. According to the Arnhem-Nijmegen city region, the incentive was the decisive factor in purchasing a pedelec for at least half of the participants. Without the subsidy they would not have done so. The final survey, based on autumn and winter data, revealed that weather conditions do influence the usage of the pedelecs. Prior to the purchase, 65% of commuters travelled by car. Shortly after the purchase only 12% travelled by car, while six months later that percentage almost doubled to 23%. According to the city region this shows the influence of winter weather on the choice of means of transport.

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