Bloomington Launches a Pilot E-Bike Voucher Program with Incentives Up to $1,000
"All residents may qualify for point-of-purchase vouchers of $500, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. Low-income residents who provide proof of income may qualify for increased vouchers worth $1,000 towards an e-bike. This program is launching as a partnership with the Bicycle Garage and Revolution Bike and Bean."
Lower Cascades advocates back historic status for park
Apparently it's mostly a play to make sure cars can still drive through the park. Seems to me that if the road is that historic, we shouldn't let people drive on it. And then there's this:
"Older guys like me, I’m done riding my bike,” Sturbaum said.
I hate seeing that! Get yourself an ebike, Chris, and get back out there!
Pacers Bikeshare to bring Electric Bicycles to Indianapolis in 2024
"The e-bikes are funded by a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant of $1.2 million through the City’s Department of Public Works."
"Pacers Bikeshare bikes are available at 50 stations via the BCycle mobile app, by walking up to a station kiosk or by purchasing an annual pass."
City's doing an EV Ride and Drive event on Saturday to encourage people to buy EV's. I would so bring my #ebike if I could make it. 😕
Ouf. Biking in LA blog gets bragadocious.
"Czech carmaker Škoda’s We Love Cycling website offers advice on how to keep riding your ebike through the cold and snowy winter months. Or as we call that in LA, somewhere else."
Everything this writer's wife learned from her first 100 miles e-biking to work
“The more I ride, the more I get used to it. In the morning it’s actually a relaxing experience. Sometimes I just ride along singing to myself, enjoying the wind in my face. I also like that I’m being active and pedaling a little bit so I get some body movement in before I start the day. It puts me in a good mood each morning.”
The bike share offers a three-day pass for $15, which is as good a deal for visitors as I've seen anywhere. There aren't enough ebikes - I think I read somewhere that they were getting more - and the ones I did find were half-charged or less. I never did manage to run one out of charge though.
Review of a ride on Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Trail. Sounds like great fun!
Colorado's statewide e-bike rebate program launches Wednesday
"The rebate application portal will open for the first release at 9 a.m. Wednesday and close at 1 p.m. Aug. 21. During this application window, interested Coloradans will register their email in the system. Once the window has closed, applicants will be randomly selected to complete their application to receive a rebate."
Smidgen of progress here. Fall 2023 now announced as the go-live date for California's ebike rebates.
California making a little progress to their ebike incentive program. I bet every voucher is snapped up within minutes if they ever manage to get it open.
"We are in final development on the e-bike retailer application, retailer portal and project website. The retailer portal will be used for retailers to quickly look up vouchers and track their payouts."
(What's the deal with disabling clicks on a simple FAQ page?)
Amish switching to e-bikes
“It’s a lot quicker to jump on your bike and go into town than it is to bring your horse into the barn, harness it to the buggy, and go,” David Mullett, a member of the Old Order Amish Church and owner of an e-bike shop in Ohio, told the blog This E-Bike Life.
E-Trikes Are Coming to Rescue the Aging Suburbs
"Battery-boosted three-wheelers are increasingly popular with older riders. But safety fears and the lack of bike-friendly infrastructure could hold them back. "
"Since launching in January, the e-trikes have followed the same arc: More than half of customers coming into stores to ask about the RadTrike have been older adults, according to Radenbaugh."
Maine is considering rebates for ebikes. That's good!
But they're worried that they may be replacing bus rides instead. That's...what?
Michael Stoddard, executive director of the Efficiency Maine Trust: "It would save little or no energy or carbon if an e-bike simply displaces another bicycle, or a ride on a transit or school bus." 🤔
Holy mackerel, seems like ebikes are changing the nature of warfare.
"Ukraine is now using these 200-mile-range electric bikes with NLAW rockets to take out Russian tanks"
"Electric motorcycles and e-bikes are rapidly becoming a common tool employed by militaries around the world."
Fairly incoherent article on ebikes from CNBC. The argument is something like, ebikes go faster than regular bikes, cars travelling 45MPH are deadly, so ebikes are dangerous. 🤔 But at least it's an article.
Decent article on ebikes on NPR. The reporter felt he absolutely had to find a "balancing viewpoint" near the end though 🙄