Melissa Wenzel got rid of her Toyota Prius in April 2018.

After fighting cancer, arthritis and severe knee pain for several years, the 41-year-old Minnesota native found an active solution to help her "surpass back to a healthy lifestyle that at the same time helps the environment. "

She bought an e-bike.

"I had finished the treatment of leukemia, and I had gained a lot of weight," Wenzel said. "I needed tools to help me get active again, so I bought an e-bike that has literally become my car."

She said that Pedego City Commuter she bought, has a pedal assist she uses when she goes to work, and a throttle she engages "if the chain comes off, so I can get somewhere safe."

The electric powered two-wheel drive provides moderate support when she needs it, and she turns off the assistance when she wants to "enjoy a slow, relaxing trip on a sunny spring day."

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Future of the future

Transport enthusiasts pay a lot of attention to the future of electric cars and robot axes. We often keep our eyes on cars that can fly, robot deliveries and human-carrying drones that can transport passengers across the city.

But in a world worried about fuel economy, health and convenience, perhaps the technical answers to today's commuting problems are already on the road all over the country right now.

Electric two-wheelers take Europe and Asia by storm, and big cities like Los Angeles and Atlanta have a growing market for e-bikes on the streets, and the prospect of commuting seems promising.

Although standard bicycle sales have been at a standstill for the past three years, e-bike sales have increased by 79% in 2018, according to the market research firm NPD Group, which also said US e-bike sales are eight times larger than in 2014. [19659003] So far in 2019, wholesale car sales are down for each category, expecting e-bikes, which is up 24.7% last year, according to the latest bicycle product supplier association's purchase report.

Bicycle manufacturer Trek says e-bikes are the company's fastest growing segment.

"How many products do you know that (if) 100 people go on a test drive, they all come back and have a big smile?" Trek CEO John Burke said about e-bicycles.

"I think it's a word in the mouth. I think consumers are running e-bikes (sales)."

John Burke, CEO of Trek Bicycle, with his new e-bike Super Commuter + 8s.

(Photo: Robert Deutsch, USAT)