Wed. Aug 21st, 2019

three issues are wanted for the e-bike revolution

Good inexpensive bikes, secure locations to experience, and safe locations to park.

After writing Examine finds that e-bike riders get as a lot train as riders of standard bikes I posted it on Twitter and acquired the largest response I’ve ever needed to a tweet, with 1400 likes, 524 retweets and counting. There have been many great confirmations of my thesis, that folks with e-bikes experience farther and extra usually.

Nevertheless it additionally grew to become clear that there’s some resistance to getting out of vehicles and onto e-bikes.

Individuals want secure and separated locations to experience.

Biking charges can be so much larger if most individuals weren’t like me. We wish to really feel secure.

— Emily Montgomery🇨🇦🇪🇺🇬🇧 (@EmilyMontgomer2) August 12, 2019

Maybe the largest one is the dearth of secure bike infrastructure. In most North American cities, bike lanes are substandard in the event that they exist in any respect, usually simply painted strains within the door zone, used as Fedex Lanes or parking lanes and infrequently enforced.

That is very laborious to look at however our elected officers ought to see it. Each editorial board member who needs to scream about e-bikes and cyclists operating purple lights, too. That is the fact. https://t.co/nMS2WEJH5T

— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) August 11, 2019

Many individuals don’t really feel secure “sharing” the highway with vehicles, and truthfully, after seeing the video of the current crash in Brooklyn, I can not blame them.

If we’re going to get folks to really feel snug and secure on bikes, we want a giant funding in separate, protected bike infrastructure. After seeing that video, we in all probability want a strengthened concrete wall, not a curb, separating them. We might afford it too, if governments cared and would get their priorities straight.

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However plainly no one in North America is de facto critical in regards to the local weather disaster, no one needs to surrender house for bike lanes, so now we have a combat on our fingers for each foot or meter of motorbike lanes wherever in North America.

This week, the Metropolis Council of Iowa Metropolis declared a local weather emergency, then rejected a road design change close to downtown that might’ve allowed bike lanes as a result of a handful of residents objected they would want to stroll 100-200 ft to their autos. https://t.co/XIgSqiWZfm

— Greg Shill (@greg_shill) August 10, 2019

Individuals want a safe place to park.

That is good and all, however since bikes are very simple to steal, and people value greater than common bikes, you will not see me shopping for one in all these anytime quickly https://t.co/v7j0SDsI5j

— Niveks (@DrNiveks) August 11, 2019

That is certainly a problem. In Denmark or the Netherlands, persons are snug simply utilizing the wheel lock that comes with the bike; Within the Netherlands additionally they usually have entry to huge parking constructions for bikes like this one:

In Toronto, the place bike theft is a big downside for everybody however the Police, I exploit a minimal of two locks and infrequently three; the mixed value of the 2 that I purchased is greater than some folks pay for complete bikes. Some counsel that every one these bikes ought to have GPS trackers however I do not see what good that might do; I’m not going to attempt to get better my very own bike and the cops aren’t going to do it for me.

Cities spend many hundreds of thousands on parking garages for vehicles; they need to spend a fraction of that on safe, monitored bike storage. Zoning bylaws must also make safe bike storage obligatory in all buildings. As I famous in an earlier submit on transport containers used as bike storage:

No one I do know with a Cevelo highway bike leaves it chained to a submit in the course of town (they hold a junker bike for that), however a lot of folks have e-bikes now that value as a lot. That is why safe bike parking and storage is de facto going to be the third leg of the stool that may make the e-bike revolution occur: good bikes, good bike lanes, and a secure, safe place to park.

However there have been additionally so many great, optimistic feedback from individuals who mentioned e-bikes have modified the way in which they get round, that they have not changed their bikes however the truth is changed their vehicles. This actually could possibly be a revolution the place e-bikes will eat vehicles. I would come with extra, however Twitter has modified their web site in order that they’re laborious to embed with out repeating my tweet each time. So I’ll finish with a typical remark:

I knocked e-bikes for years… till I attempted them. Now? They’re 100% the longer term. Attempt one. By no means look again. https://t.co/n6sjNHPyzN

— Brandon Smith (@muckrakery) August 11, 2019

It is true. My commute was 20 minutes biking + 45 minutes transit, however now with e-bike my commute is 50 minutes biking. I spin the pedals greater than twice as lengthy on daily basis.
I am getting extra train and arriving at my vacation spot sooner.

— Jon 🚴🇺🇸 ITMFA (@jonrjohnston) August 9, 2019

Good inexpensive bikes, secure locations to experience, and safe locations to park.

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