E - Danube Electric Bikes Strategy (EDEBS)

E - Danube Electric Bikes Strategy (EDEBS)

The EDEBS project aims to develop electric bicycle policy strategy along the Danube cycle path, to promote e-bicycle use and foster the cycling culture, contributing to еnvironmental friendly and low-carbon way of transport and to sustainable regional and local mobility.

E-bikes (pedelecs) are zero-emissions vehicles, as they emit no combustion by-products. However, the environmental effects of electricity generation and power distribution and of manufacturing and disposing of (limited life) high storage density batteries must be taken into account. Even with these issues considered, e-bikes are claimed to have a significantly lower environmental impact than conventional automobiles, and are generally seen as environmentally desirable in an urban environment.

E-bikes allow travel of much longer daily distances and easy passing through terrains which are otherwise difficult for bicycle access, eg. mountains, as compared to conventional bikes. They can also be used by people with health issues or over 65 years of age. E-bikes allow these groups to remain mobilе and fitter for a longer time. Usage of e-bikes promotes environmental awareness and protection.

The Danube Cycle Path is a bicycle trail that connects nine Danube countries. It is 2857 km long, beginning in Donaueshcingen in Germany, and ending at the coast of the Black Sea, in Romania. It is considered one of the most popular holiday cycle route in Europe. It has added appeal through the many mountains, famous towns and monasteries, artistic buildings and geological features. The cycle path is well developed in Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary and is in a less than ideal condition in Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria.

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