Thanks to their electrical assistance, e-bikes are beginning to have a certain appeal for the residents of Luxemburg. People do not seem to any longer hesitate to invest in an electric two-wheeler whether for work or leisure.
In the years to come, our mobility will have to change so that we don’t live in a country that is packed with traffic jams. The State has understood this and has started investing massively in alternatives to cars.
As free public transport has already made a lot of noise, the Luxembourg government is also investing in the country’s bicycle paths via its numerous projects. These include a dedicated bicycle expressway between Esch-sur-Alzette and Luxembourg and the extension of cycle lanes from 600 to 900 kilometers over the next few years. Also, not to be forgotten, are new repair locations and maintenance of existing cycling tracks.
2,200 euros for a good electric bicycle
Here too, just as with the tram or the implementation of free public transport, setting up a reliable network of cycle paths comes at a cost. Since 2013, the State has spent €35.8 million on cycle paths and projects. And according to projections by the Ministry of Mobility, 83.3 million euros will be invested until 2023.
It is visible that the State of Luxembourg is going to a lot for its cyclists. Isn’t it time to start cycling to be ready for the next few years?
First of all, it is clear that the bicycle is not intended to completely replace the car. Fostering this mode of transportation will add one more cog in the famous mobility chain of tomorrow. This will revolve around several means of transportation, from cars to buses, trains, bicycles (both traditional and electric), and scooters.
Moreover, with technological progress and the emergence of the electric bicycle, pedaling is no longer reserved for sporty men and women.
Just as when it comes to choosing a car, there is a wide choice of electric bikes with different technical characteristics and different purposes. And prices of various e-bike models can also vary widely.
For example, how much would a city e-bike cost? Take a look at this post to find out.
“In recent years, we have seen an increase in sales of electric bikes. Last year, in our shop alone, we sold around 250 to 260 e-bikes, compared to 200 in 2017,” says Frédéric Biltgen, manager of the Velocenter Goedert in Hollerich.
Biltgen explains that he has several types of electric bikes, ranging from city bikes to mixed bikes, mountain bikes, and designer bikes. “For a good electric city bike, with a 500-watt battery for a range of about 60 to 70 kilometers, you need to count 2,200 euros,” says the manager.
He points out that “there are much more expensive models up to 8,000 euros, but it all depends on the needs and it is not necessary to have such equipment for a city bike. It’s a bit like a car. In the city, a city car will be more comfortable than other, maybe even the most powerful vehicles.
With the electric bicycle, it’s the same thing.” In fact, Frédéric Biltgen often offers customers who want to switch to electric bikes to test a bike for a day to make up their own minds.
How much does a commuter e-bike cost? If you are curious, this post may help.
For senior customers
For a complete picture, it should be noted that there are also much more affordable electric bikes, between 500 and 700 euros. But their quality and performance are quite different, even if such characteristics may be enough for some users.
One such example is a cruiser e-bike. You can find more information on pricing in this post.
Of course, more than 2,000 euros for a bike is a substantial budget. You have to add a helmet and some special gear, and maybe a covered space so that the bike is less damaged over time.
For the more sporty, there are electric mountain bikes. For an eMTB model, count from 2,500 euros to more than 8,000 euros. “These are bikes for different purposes and different terrain, we’re no longer in the simple leisure or work bike business,” explains Frédéric Biltgen.
How much does a mountain e-bike cost and what the price depends on? Find more in this post.
Finally, there are also designer electric bikes, with their special and often particular styles. “This is clearly about style. For those models, we’re not into everyday efficiency or sporting performance,” smiles the manager, who admits that he doesn’t sell many of them.
As far as customers are concerned, it seems that it is the over-50s or the 35-40s who most easily opt for electric pedaling. “I don’t know if any conclusions can be drawn from this, but I think that younger people may not have this budget, and then they may still be enjoying driving their cars.
Then there are older people who are already cycling and switch to electric. There are people who use e-bikes for family outings, for leisure, and others to get to work. In addition, we work with companies that buy electric bikes for their employees,” explains the manager of the store in Hollerich.
What would be the price of a commuter e-bike? Take a look at this post to find out.
Electric bicycles are becoming more and more popular in Luxembourg capital. Even if the city is still a long way from the levels of use of the Dutch or Scandinavians, it is easy to see that bicycles and scooters are numerous on the streets. And as time goes by, we can hope to find more routes that are increasingly reserved for electric two-wheelers.
0.348 km of bicycle trails per square kilometer
With 900 kilometers of cycle paths planned in the near future – compared to 600 kilometers at present – Luxembourg will finally have nothing to envy its neighbors.
In comparison, France has 15,120 kilometers of cycle tracks over its entire territory (643,801 km2), this gives a ratio of 0.023 km of dedicated cycle tracks per square kilometer. According to the same calculation – for the sake of comparison – Luxembourg has 0.348 km of tracks per square kilometer.
On the side of Luxembourg, in Belgium, there are 0.037 km of tracks for one square kilometer. In Germany, cyclists are not spoiled either, with only 0.007 km of tracks per square kilometer.
On the other hand, the Netherlands is well ahead with 0.602 km of tracks per square kilometer, or 25,000 kilometers dedicated to bicycles for the territory of 41,543 km2.