The VAE, a means of transport for the elderly?
The pedelec offers a practical and versatile solution, combining the advantages of a mechanical bicycle with those of electric assistance, which makes it suitable for different types of journeys and topographies for all ages and fitness levels.
According to a study conducted by the FUB (French Federation of Bicycle Users), the average age of pedelec users is 49.6 years and 75.6% of them are over 40 years old. The public of VAE seems rather masculine, in particular because of the greater weight of the VAE.
The VAE has many advantages as an eco-responsible alternative to the car. By eliminating CO2 emissions, it helps preserve the environment. Moreover, 70.7% of VAE users are former motorists and among them we find many employees (76% of respondents).
Thanks to the electric assistance, it allows longer and faster journeys than with a conventional bicycle, thus reducing dependence on the car, which is confirmed by this study with 68% of respondents making more than 10 km per day, a figure that can be compared to the average home-work distance, which is 25.9 km (INSEE, 2004).
The main reasons for buying an e-bike are: the practical aspect of the e-bike (63.2%), the speed (61.5%), the terrain (55%), the health aspect (46, 2%), the preservation of the environment (45.1%), the savings made (42.3%) and finally the fact of sweating less (36.1%).