The project is meant to evaluate whether e-bikes help promote lifestyle changes. The city also hopes to get an idea of what infrastructure changes would be required to accommodate commuters using e-bikes.
The first group of individuals will receive the bikes in mid-April and will use them for five to six weeks. In return for use of the bikes, participants are required to answer questions about the travel habits and needs of e-bike users. Participants are also obligated to use the bikes to get to and from work at least three times per week.
“We want to get an idea of whether electric bicycles help people change their lifestyle,” says Kristinn J. Eysteinsson, project manager at the Reykjavík Department of Environment and Planning. E-bikes make it easier to cycle uphill and upwind, and may therefore be more convenient for a work commute than conventional bicycles.
An application form for interested residents is available on the City of Reykjavík’s website.