Electric bicycles (e-bikes), driven by a hybrid of old-style muscle power and motors that give riders a boost, have become omnipresent. As with most new technologies, they have become much cheaper, more reliable, and more efficient since they appeared on the market in the 1980s, and are available to rent in popular destinations around the world. From France’s Loire valley to the national parks of the US and cities like Amsterdam, e-bike tours have become a new and sometimes controversial part of the marketing mix. Airlines such as Ryanair actively sell e-bike city tours in many of the destinations they fly to.
As many as 40 million e-bikes are now made each year and their popularity has made them one of the fastest expanding elements of the transport market. As their popularity grows, many more people are using them for the first time while on vacation.
“E-bikes and e-scooters are becoming more popular in tourist destinations around the world, and it is important to know if you are covered by your travel insurance before you ride,” said Kasara Barto, a spokesperson for Squaremouth, a US-based travel insurance comparison site.
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