British researchers have found that using an electric bicycle gives the same cognitive and mental health benefits to seniors as using a regular bike. The scientists looked at 50- to 83-year olds who used either standard or electrically-assisted bikes to cycle three 30-minute outdoor rides per week for eight weeks. The subjects were then tested for cognitive function and processing speed and interviewed about their mental wellbeing. Both groups improved. And – to the researchers’ surprise – the e-cyclists improved more than those using standard bikes. Said one scientist: “People who used e-bikes told us that they felt more confident in completing the requested activity … compared to pedal bikers. The fact that the group was able to get outside on a bike, even without much physical exertion, is likely to make people feel mentally better.”