Electric Bikes Take Hold in China

Jerry passes along this article from IEEE Spectrum, apparently indicating that despite government attempts to ban them, electric bikes are thriving in China.

My favorite quote from the story describes the U.S. as being in a “bubble” of highways and long-distance travel…

image from IEEE Spectrum

Jerry passes along this article from IEEE Spectrum, apparently indicating that despite government attempts to ban them, electric bikes are thriving in China.

My favorite quote from the story describes the U.S. as being in a “bubble” of highways and long-distance travel:

That bubble has been unkind to electric-bike promoters like Benjamin. The big roads and vast distances that many Americans navigate are a hindrance—so much so that they have altered the way people perceive the bicycle. Electric-bike consultant Jamerson says that to most U.S. drivers, a bicyclist on the road is just a nuisance. And to most bicyclists and bike dealers, the bike is an exercise machine or a toy. Why would they want one with an electric motor?

Here’s to reversing the nuisance perception here in Portland as we cycle our way to Platinum. Could electric bikes help us get there?

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