If you live in Australia and aren’t under a rock, you know how the cost of living impacts a large portion of the population. From rising interest rates to expensive weekly trips to the grocery shops, people are feeling the pinch and trying to find ways to save money. We’re cutting non-priority expenses, and even reducing takeaway coffee! 

One of the biggest expenses facing a lot of workers at the moment is a car. While some continue to work from home, others face the reality of commuting to work every day. The cost of this adds up and the public transport alternative isn’t as reliable as it used to be. 

To help ease the cost of living, a great alternative is to commute using an electric bike (e-bike). At 99 Bikes, we're passionate about enriching the mind, body, earth or soul with the freedom of riding.


Here are 10 compelling reasons why you should consider ditching the car and hopping on an e-bike for your daily commute:


1- Save Money:  

Let's face it – owning and maintaining a car is expensive. Even if you need to keep it, you’ll still save money by commuting on an e-bike. Petrol prices are up in most major cities and you might have to pay tolls, not to mention the parking fees. The bills can add up quickly. Switching to an e-bike, you'll slash your transportation costs significantly and even reduce your insurance costs depending on who your provider is. You can charge the battery whilst working and have minimal ongoing maintenance expenses. While they do have an initial cost, the e-bike will soon pay for itself in money saved. 

2- Improve Your Physical Health:

Cycling has many health benefits, even with the use of an e-bike, offering a fantastic low-impact workout that strengthens muscles, improves cardiovascular health, and boosts overall fitness. Riding your e-bike to work is one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your busy routine. By integrating cycling into your daily routine, you'll experience increased energy levels, resistance, and a sense of well-being.

3- Boost Your Mood and Improve Sleep:

Starting your day with a ride on your e-bike can work wonders for your overall mood. Studies have shown regular exercise, such as cycling, stimulates the release of endorphins – the body's natural mood enhancers and helps you sleep better. Whether it's the thrill of cruising through the streets or the satisfaction of getting ahead of traffic to reach your destination, cycling promotes a positive outlook on life.

4- Improve Your Mental Health: 

In addition to boosting mood, cycling can also help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. Riding an e-bike allows you to enjoy the outdoors, stay off the phone and provide a welcome escape from the pressures of daily life. Commuting by e-bike offers a chance to clear your mind, unwind, and reset before or after a busy day at work.

5- Boost Your Work Productivity:

Believe it or not, cycling to work can have a positive impact on your productivity levels. Studies have shown employees who cycle to work are often more alert, focused, and productive compared to people who drive or take public transport. If you arrive at the office feeling invigorated and energised, you'll be motivated to take on your work day.

6- Cities Are More Bike-Friendly Than Ever:

Many major cities are investing in bike lanes, bike-sharing programs, and other cycling infrastructure to make commuting safer and more convenient for everyone. With dedicated bike paths, shared lanes and improved road safety measures, navigating Australia's biggest cities on an e-bike has never been easier or more enjoyable.

7- You Might Save Time:

Contrary to popular belief, riding an e-bike can often be a faster and more efficient mode of transportation, especially during peak traffic hours. With the ability to weave through congested streets and bypass traffic jams, e-bike commuters can enjoy shorter travel times and arrive at their destinations faster than cars or public transportation. Bonus tip: Never waste time circling the block in search of parking or afraid of hefty fines – simply lock up in a safe place or bring your bike to the office.

8- Engage in a More Active Lifestyle:

Commuting by e-bike isn't just about getting from point A to point B – it's about embracing a healthier, more active lifestyle. In some models, you can even attach a baby seat to take the little ones on a weekend ride. By incorporating cycling into your daily routine, you'll naturally become aware of your body's needs and more conscious of making healthy choices throughout the day. Plus, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're doing something positive for your physical and mental well-being.

9- Different Bike Options:

Today, e-bikes come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and configurations to suit every rider's preferences and needs. 99 Bikes offers free test rides and has a large variety, whether you prefer a sleek and speedy flat bar road bike, like our Merida eSpeeder 200, a sturdy and versatile hybrid - Pedal Lightning 27.5 Electric Hybrid, a Folding and compact option - VelectriX Foldaway, or a do it all cargo commuter bike - Cube Cargo Sport Hybrid 500 (image below), there's an e-bike out there for you. With multiple options to choose from, you can customise your ride to fit your unique comfort and performance requirements.

10- You Are Helping the Environment:

Last but certainly not least, commuting by e-bike is one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transportation available today. By choosing pedal power over petrol, you'll significantly reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to cleaner air, quieter streets, and a healthier planet for future generations. With climate change becoming an increasingly urgent issue, every small step towards sustainability counts – and commuting by e-bike is a big step in the right direction.

Join the e-bike revolution today and experience the freedom, flexibility, and fun of eco-friendly commuting.

99 Bikes is a B Corporation (B Corp) certified company.