The popularity of electric bikes has increased as people look for more ways to get outside for fresh air and exercise.

We asked Michelle Angulo about her ride: a Gazelle Ultimate C380, with suspension seat, shock absorber, stepless gear-shifting and battery good for 70 miles per charge.

Why ride an e-bike?

I wanted to get some exercise riding a bike, but at my age, it can be intimidating. E-bikes give you that confidence. I feel like I’m going outdoors a lot more. There’s something empowering about riding a bike and feeling the wind on your face.

What are the benefits?

You have a lot of control over how much exercise you want to get. You can have no assistance at all and ride it like a regular bike. Many people think you just sit there and do nothing. I can pedal as much as I want and ride a lot farther. They don’t realize how great e-bikes are until they try one.

Describe Irvine’s bikeways.

They are great. They are paved. I even feel like Irvine has been built around bikes. There are bike lanes everywhere. You don’t see it elsewhere.

Where did you get your bike?

I went to Groove E-Bikes in Woodbridge Village Center. They’ve sold e-bikes since 2013 and made sure I got the right fit and model.

Interested in an e-bike? Visit Groove E-Bikes at 4622 Barranca Parkway or online at GrooveEbikes.com.