Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 13th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
Researchers at Portland State University are looking for e-bike riders to fill out an online survey. The survey is part of an ongoing study that began last fall with an aim to "provide valuable insight into the potential market, user characteristics and barriers to adoption" of e-bikes.
Here's more about the survey from principal investigator on the project John MacArthur:
"Are you an e-bike rider? Do you enjoy sharing your e-bike experiences with others? If you answered yes to both of these questions, researchers at Portland State University want to hear from you! Research is currently taking place at Portland State to better understand the role that e-bikes can play in a sustainable transportation system. If you have experience purchasing and/or riding e-bikes please consider taking an online survey and share your experiences. The online survey will ask questions about purchase and use of e-bikes to better understand the barriers to wider e-bike use. You have valuable information that can contribute to exciting research on e-bikes!"
With the focus of policymakers on electric cars, this research could help bikes compete for a similar amount of political traction and funding.
This study, Evaluation of Electric Bike Use in Portland Metro Region, is funded through the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium and is slated to be completed by the end of this year. For more info read our story on it from back in October and visit the official project page on the OTREC website.