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Electric Bikes Grow In Popularity


Meine Heimat / Flickr

Meine Heimat / Flickr

This year, Oregon Manifest’s Bike Design Project challenged five teams in five major U.S. cities to “concept, create and champion their unique vision of tomorrow’s bicycle for the everyday rider.” The winner, named earlier this month, was the Seattle design firm Teague. The public overwhelmingly voted for Teague’s Denny bike, and cited its electric-assist as one of its must-have features.

Denny’s electrically powered boost follows the upward trend of e-bikes in the United States. In 2013 researchers at Portland State University’s Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium found in a nation-wide study (pdf) that e-bikes encouraged commuters to bike more often. OTREC is currently conducting a similar study in Portland. (Meanwhile, more and more Americans are bike commuting overall: ridership is up 60 percent in the last decade.)

Do you ride an e-bike? Has it changed your perspective on biking? Would you consider riding an e-bike?

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