Electric bikes could be the way to increase bike commuting:Mobility Lab is a research center and news source for transportation behavior and policy.
Mobility Lab is funded by Arlington County (Virginia) Commuter Services, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
One of Mobility Lab’s primary roles is to measure the impacts of “transportation demand management” services in Arlington County, Virginia – frequently cited as a national leader for public transportation. Third-party research shows that Arlington’s TDM work has been very successful, even though TDM investment pales in comparison to the dollars required to build roadways. TDM outreach work throughout the county helps shift 41,000 car trips each work day from solo-driven cars to some other forms of transportation. That’s roughly the equivalent of the number of vehicles on six lanes of I-66 and I-95 during the three-hour morning rush hour. Thus TDM cost-effectively supports the investment the county has made in its land-use plan and transportation infrastructure, resulting in better use of Arlington’s transportation system.
https://mobilitylab.org/2018/10/01/elec ... commuting/
... w/a pic:It’s too early to tell if electric bicycles hold the secret to grand pronouncements such as “the future of transportation.” But there’s definitely something interesting happening.
Anecdotally, I researched e-bikes for years before I felt comfortable enough to buy one as a way to improve my mobility options in a ridiculously congested place like the Washington, DC region. There weren’t enough retailers who could also repair the bike as needed, something that is more complicated than with traditional bicycles. The battery technology
wasn’t good enough to carry an adequate charge to get back-and-forth across the city. The first e-bike I bought ended up being too difficult to get repaired and I returned it, thankfully (after lots of headaches), for a full refund from the German company, with a California wholesaler and a DC retailer.
But earlier this year I tried again. After test riding many e-bikes and researching online (and, despite the excellent Electric Bike Reviews site, with so many manufacturers and models, it’s still an intimidating decision), I purchased an excellent Magnum Metro from Hybrid Pedals in Arlington, Va.
(Later that day, Sally taught herself to ride her own bike.)