4 Reasons Why You Should Commute By E-bike in Toronto

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May 20, 2022
Updated on:
May 16, 2024

When it comes to living in Toronto, you can expect a bustling city with diverse culture and history. Think Toronto International Film Festival, think NBA Raptors and think the birthplace celebrities like the Weeknd and Drake.

With so much to do and so much to see, get there while enjoying the great outdoors on a Zoomo e-bike. 

Cycling in Toronto is one of the fastest growing modes of transportation*. More specifically, electric bikes are multiplying internationally as people prioritize the eco-conscious, cost effective and healthier vehicle for their commute.

Here are a few reasons why making the switch to an e-bike will help amplify how you get around Toronto. Including everything from cycle infrastructure, the comparative cost between an e-bike versus a car and the overall lifestyle match.

#1 A Cheaper Alternative 

#2 Make Use of The Infrastructure

#3 A Lifestyle Match Made In Heaven 

#4 Travel Efficiently

#1 A Cheaper Alternative 

One of the most appealing parts about moving from cars or motorcycles to an e-bike is the amount of money you save in doing so.

In Toronto, most car owners pay an average of $1,000 per month “when all payments are factored in”**. Not to mention if the car is more expensive or larger in size than usual.

When you get an e-bike from a subscription rental service, like Zoomo, you can rent an e-bike for as little as $59 per week, or $189 a month. This sum also includes servicing and support, so you effectively quarter your savings!

#2 Make Use of The Infrastructure

Toronto is constantly working on making cycling in the city safer through investments in infrastructure. This will help “ease congestion on streets and transit, create a cleaner environment and promote[s] physical activity”*.

At present, pedal assisted e-bikes can ride on roadways, bike lanes, cycle tracks and multi-use trails or paths. 

With the streets being designed specifically around safe and efficient cycling, it is an ideal time to acquire an e-bike.

Boost your journey with the extra electrical assistance from an e-bike, making big hills no longer your problem.

#3 A Lifestyle Match Made In Heaven 

With vast and incredible landscapes, we have heard that Canadians are the ultimate outdoors people. So why not feed into the stereotype even more and cut the time wasted in a car on your commute and spend it riding on a brand new e-bike. 

Not only are you promoting healthier lifestyles by avoiding a sedentary commute, but you are also actively benefiting the environment through your eco-conscious mode of transportation.

You can also use your e-bike for so much more than just a commute. Toronto is scattered with beautiful bike trails including the Moccasin Trail Park and the Moore Park Ravine Trail Loop***.

#4 Travel Efficiently

In addition to all the reasons listed above, e-bike’s simply make your travel time more efficient. You can breeze past traffic, ignore delayed subways  and forget entirely the burden of looking for a park making your overall trip time far shorter than that in a car, motorcycle or by public transport.

But don’t take our word for it, below we put the time it takes to get from some of Toronto’s most popular suburbs into downtown.

East Chinatown to Downtown Toronto

  1. By car up to 24mins.
  2. By public transport 25mins
  3. By bike only 14mins.
East Chinatown to Downtown Toronto by car.
East Chinatown to Downtown Toronto by public transport.
East Chinatown to Downtown Toronto by bike.

Kensington Market to Downtown Toronto

  1. By car up to 14 mins.
  2. By public transport up to 19 Mins.
  3. By bike up to 8 mins.
Kensington Market to Downtown Toronto by car.
Kensington Market to Downtown Toronto by public transport.
Kensington Market to Downtown Toronto by bike.

What You Need To Know Before You Invest

Before you invest in an e-bike it is essential you know exactly what you are signing up for. 

When we refer to an e-bike, we are referring to an electrically pedal assisted bike that's electric motor does not exceed 500 watts and has a maximum speed of 32 km/h. These bikes do not require a driver's license, a vehicle permit or a license plate to operate making the process of acquisition simple and cheap. However, you are required to be over the age of 16.

Other than that, abide by the road rules, stay safe and enjoy the ride!

Ride Electric With Zoomo

Thinking about getting your hands on an e-bike, well we are excited to announce that Zoomo have recently expanded their services to Canada. 

Zoomo is a one stop shop for your e-bike providing affordable payment options, servicing, repairs and maintenance all in one place.

The e-bikes themselves are unmatched, from the Sport to the Zero there is a bike for everybody.

Rent or buy a Zoomo e-bike now, or head in store for a test ride.

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