The Spinoff: Bikes are the new cars


It changed our lives. We were initially unsure how much we would use it; we use it all the time. In the four months we’ve owned it we’ve ridden it 1000km around town, averaging around 50km a week. Like most people in New Zealand, the majority of our trips are actually pretty short, within a 5-7km radius of our house: things like school runs, weekend shopping (yes, it fits groceries for a family of five), and taking our three kids to the pool, library, sports – you name it.

I also ride it to work, meetings, and social events. It’s the default vehicle of our household now.

Perhaps a different title could be "e-Bikes are the new cars".