e-bikes

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paulheckbert
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We need a thread for general discussion of e-bikes, since they’re growing in popularity.

A good article about e-bikes in New York City:

https://theoutline.com/post/2447/everyone-hates-e-bikes


erok
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UPS just launched ebike delivery in pittsburgh today.

But the banning of them in NYC is a problem. It seems to be targeting a specific group of people, food delivery riders, who are overwhelmingly people of color. this ban is not coming from data, rather fear. with that said, riding in nyc is a different level of everything than we’re used to. and the protected bike lanes are great, but having someone on an ebike coming at you the wrong way is scary as hell. but i don’t blame them, NYC’s blocks are so large.

here’s another article that i found insightful

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2017/11/why-does-new-york-city-ban-ebikes/544829/


Vannevar
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I wonder if we should have a distinct discussion about commercial vehicles in bike lanes/ramps. (I learned to drive on LungEyeLand, where there are separate roadways for private and commercial vehicles.)

How does a vehicle the size of the UPS machine affect other cyclists? Will it fit amongst the bollards?

It would be fascinating to see UPS agitating/ advocating with the Powers That Be to get the Allegheny River Trail opened to (pick a street) – but I think that’s more fancy than reality.

 


Vannevar
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(also, I spent today 11/09 in Manhattan, and there’s no shortage of e-bikes of various configurations)

 


paulheckbert
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Writer says “I have now been riding a Gazelle Medeo e-bike for six months and can report that … it ate my car … the e-bike has totally changed my habits, how much I drive, and even my actual ability to drive.”

https://www.treehugger.com/bikes/6-month-report-my-gazelle-e-bike-ate-my-car.html


gg
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Ebikes aren’t for me yet, but I think they are great.  The older set can get up hills pedal a little here and there and get around on them.  I see nothing wrong with them.  One passed me on the zoo hill today.  An older guy and he looked happy to be out.  Not everyone can pedal all over our city and why not have an option for those that can’t.


paulheckbert
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Right. Reasons someone might want an ebike in Pittsburgh:

  • hills
  • you’re old
  • you want to bike to work but you don’t want to sweat too much
  • long commute
  • heavy loads (groceries or kids)

cycleguy
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I’m one of those people who said I would never get an E assist bike,but now that I’m closing in on 70 and just can’t get up steep city hills anymore,I decided last year to buy one, and absolutely love it!! Most of the time I don’t have the motor on unless going up a steep hill,(which happens a lot in the Pittsburgh),and now riding more miles and spending more days cycling due to my E assist bike. E-assist bikes are getting more popular, especially in Pittsburgh and whether one likes it or not, are here to stay due to our Pittsburgh aging population and city hills

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