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“So now consider the electric bike. A bike bike is a wonderful thing, but it’s tended to be a sporting good—we’re a big sprawling country, and because, postwar, we built it on a suburban model things tend to be car distances apart. But you can use an electric bike to make many of those trips, because it erases hills and allows you to tow three bags of groceries. And when you do, you get some exercise, and you get the wind in your face, and it’s a little like being a kid. You don’t have to do it every day—sometimes it rains and sometimes it snows and sometimes you don’t have the time, which is why I imagine that there will be EVs for a while. But you can do it 70 percent of the time, and I am willing to bet you will be happier for it. (Willing to bet because I have data: exercise makes you happy, and being outdoors makes you happy.)

It’s good that the Inflation Reduction Act will help people purchase EVs. (Here in Vermont state subsidies are aimed directly at middle and low income people, which makes sense). It’s a shame that the Manchin stripped subsidies for electric bikes from the bill, but enlightened cities and states are stepping in to fill the need. Delight needs to be affordable.” – From Crucial Years (10/1/2022) Bill McKibben

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So, You Want to Try an Ebike? Here’s What to Know

07/20/21
Electric bikes are exploding. Not literally—most of the time, anyway—but ebikes are certainly in demand. Companies that operate bike-share networks are upgrading their fleets as they try to entice more riders to join up. And…

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Blix Launches an E-Bike Designed for Both On- and Off-Road Fun

By Sami Grover   04/29/22  
When I recently rode Tern’s new Quick Haul e-bike, I couldn’t stop raving about the joys of practical bikes and accessories that are designed from the ground up for daily commutes and shopping trips, not…

The hottest electric vehicles at New York’s auto show have two wheels

By Maria Gallucci   04/15/22  
A staggering number of electric vehicles are projected to hit roads worldwide this year as automakers launch new plug-in models and drivers ditch their oil-guzzling engines. But another mode of electrified transportation is booming and,…

Electric Bike Sales Are Booming, Thanks to High Gas Prices

By Lloyd Alter  Photo: Gazelle   03/25/22  
Electric bike sales have been booming for a while, with a big boost from the pandemic; now we have a new e-bike spike because of high gas prices, as people switch to the more affordable…

A booming two-wheeled Electric revolution

By David Beard  Photo: Sven Simon , AP Images   12/21/21  
So far, the U.S. government has handed out $10 billion in subsidies to purchase electric vehicles using tax credits.

Can an E-Cargo Bike Work as Your One and Only Bike?

By Sami Grover  Photo: Sami Grover   11/22/21  
When I wrote about my experiences with a Blix Packa Genie e-cargo bike, I mostly raved about my newfound ability to easily and conveniently haul heavy things around without really having to think about it…

It’s an Easy Swytch to Turn Your Bike Into an E-Bike

By Lloyd Alter  Photo: Lloyd Alter   10/13/21  
In earlier coverage of the Swytch e-bike conversion kit, I found lots to love, concluding:"Not everyone can afford a fancy new e-bike; not everyone wants to part with the bike they already have. Swytch has…

Electric bikes jolt U.S. cities

By Jennifer A. Kingson  Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios   09/30/21  
Where it stands: While we're way behind Europe — where cities like Paris and Amsterdam have seen commuters dump cars and conventional bikes en masse — most U.S. cities still haven't fully embraced the potential…

BMW Introduces E-Bike With 186-Mile Range, 37 MPH Speed

By Lloyd Alter   09/09/21  
BMWs attract a certain kind of driver. We once quoted a Finnish study with a Treehugger-incorrect title that concluded the drivers of expensive cars are "argumentative, stubborn, disagreeable and unempathetic."1

I Feel Like a Celebrity When I Ride My Electric Cargo Bike

By Katherine Martinko  Photo: Katherine Martinko   09/07/21  
I feel like a celebrity when I ride my electric cargo bike around my small, rural, touristy town in southwestern Ontario, Canada. People gape at intersections, roll down car windows, give thumbs up, and wave…

Villas That Could Fix the Suburbs

By Lloyd Alter  Photo: Anna O'Gorman   09/07/21  
Many cities are suffering from a housing crisis. There is a shortage of supply of affordable units for young people and even for older people wanting to downsize but stay in their neighborhood. Meanwhile, there…

The VAAST E/1 Is the Cadillac of E-Bikes

By Lloyd Alter   09/02/21  
Decades ago, people often used the phrase "the Cadillac of X" to describe something as the highest quality. In the '50s, one might see ads for "the Cadillac of chainsaws." According to Ben Zimmer in the…

Bird Applies E-Scooter Sharing Lessons to Sales of E-Bikes

By Tina Casey   08/23/21  
The craze over e-bikes has taken off like a rocket, and it shows no signs of stopping. That’s a good development in terms of cutting carbon emissions related to car travel. The problem for an…

Cargo bikes deliver faster and cleaner than vans, study finds

By Damian Carrington  Photo: Gill Allen/Rex/Shutterstock   08/05/21  
Electric cargo bikes deliver about 60% faster than vans in city centres, according to a study. It found that bikes had a higher average speed and dropped off 10 parcels an hour, compared with six…

What Is the Best Electric Bike for Older or Novice Riders?

By Lloyd Alter  Photo: Lloyd Alter   08/04/21  
Over at Electric Bike Report, the real experts choose the Best Electric Bikes for Seniors 2021. They have actually tried every e-bike on their list and have been doing this for years, when I have seriously e-biked…

Rad Power Bikes Completely Redid Its Flagship E-Bike

By Katherine Martinko   07/22/21  
Rad Power Bikes has just announced a major redesign of its flagship electric bike, the RadRover. This fat-tire model was the one that launched the company's direct-to-consumer business in 2015, and while it has undergone…

Blix Updates E-Bikes With Improved Power and Range

By Sami Grover   07/14/21  
I recently published a 2-year update of my experience with a Blix Aveny e-bike—a steed so trusty that it’s almost as much a part of the family as my ugly blue Nissan Leaf, which I never did…

Climate change is an imminent problem, but we can fix it with local solutions

By Luke Krchak   07/11/21  
As summers get hotter, it seems like we are reaching a point of no return in the fight against climate change. However, we can still continue to fight by instilling change at the local level.

4 Benefits of Commuting with a Bicycle as an Eco-Friendly Consumer

By Annie Qures  Photo: Shutterstock   07/08/21  
There are a lot of things that you can do to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle. One of these is to start riding a bicycle instead of driving everywhere. There are a ton of reasons why…

Enthusiasm for cycling soared in Memphis during the pandemic, shows little sign of slowing

By Lucas Finton  Photo: Lucas Finton   07/08/21  
Many Memphians who started putting their feet to the pedals during the early parts of the pandemic might have picked up a long-lasting hobby. During much of the last year, heightened demand for bicycles led many local shops…

The Pandemic Presents an Opportunity to Fight Global Warming with Cycling

By Euan Burns   06/28/21  
The COVID-19 pandemic has launched new words, trends, and issues into the public discourse that many people were never exposed to before. New habits and products have become commonplace seemingly out of nowhere. Of course,…

Meet the Dads Who Take Their Kids Everywhere on Electric Cargo Bikes

By Katherine Martinko  Photo: Frank Todd   06/16/21  
It is almost Father's Day, which means it's time to honor the many wonderful dads in our lives. Treehugger wants to do it this year with an eco-friendly twist—by profiling the extra-cool fathers who drive…

Infrastructure Could Include Bike and Pedestrian Paths As Well As Highways

By Ashira Morris  Photo: Annabel Driussi   06/09/21  
Greenways are bike paths that often serve as multi-use, car-free ways to navigate a city. Right now, the U.S. network “comprises a similarly haphazard collection of park-like bicycle- and pedestrian-oriented paths,” as CityLab reports, but…

Every Parent Needs an Electric Cargo Bike

By Katherine Martinko  Photo: Katherine Martinko   05/25/21  
Whenever I hear friends talking about how they need to get a new car to carry their growing children and accompanying heaps of stuff, I want to say, "Think about getting an electric cargo bike…

Harley-Davidson’s ebike is trying to keep the brand’s benefits while avoiding its pitfalls

By Michael Bernard   04/14/21  
Harley-Davidson is a global brand with great power to open suppliers’ doors, but it’s toxic to electrification and millennials