The E-Bike Potential: Estimating the Effect of E-Bikes on Person Miles Travelled and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This white paper explores the potential e-bike effect on person miles traveled (PMT) and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in terms of CO₂ for varying levels of e-bike mode share replacement. A model for PMT shift and GHG reduction potential is created for Portland, Oregon. Portland was selected for analysis because of the availability of regional transportation data, the extensiveness of the city’s bike network that would lend itself to e-bike uptake, and the authors’ familiarity with the city. Through applying trip replacement ratios, distance replacement ratios, and average e-bike trip length determined empirically for North America, car PMT and total transportation emissions in Portland, OR can be significantly reduced as e-bike mode share increases. This is on the order of a reduction in CO₂ emissions of over 900 metric tons per day for a 15%-point e-bike mode share by trips case (13.9% in mode share by miles traveled), down 11% from Portland’s current CO₂ emissions of 8,000 metric tons per day.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: White Paper
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 29p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01709482
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: 1706695
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 11 2019 12:22PM