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E-bike news roundup: Seminar at PSU, Bike N’ Hike pilot program, and more

Posted by on October 17th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Currie IZIP’s will be part of an e-bike-at-work
program at Kaiser.

E-bikes are here to stay. We don’t have sales figures for Portland, but my hunch (based on how many I see around town) is that there popularity is increasing. Beyond more people buying them, Portland happens to be a hotbed of e-bike innovation and industry (surprise, surprise). On that note, check out a few bits of e-bike news that have landed in the newsroom in the past few weeks…

Bike N’ Hike partners with Kaiser and Drive Oregon for e-bike pilot program

Local bike retailer Bike N’ Hike has teamed up with the non-profit Drive Oregon to supply 32 Currie IZIP E3 compact e-bikes to employees of Kaiser Permanente. 180 employees are part of the program and the bikes will be placed at three designated sites at local Kaiser campuses. The bikes and how they’re used will be monitored and analyzed by the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC), which is based at Portland State University.

According to Electric Bike Report, “Drive Oregon will acquire, deploy and study how one hundred and eighty Kaiser employees use the IZIP electric assist bicycles at three designated work sites.The idea is to ascertain whether such transportation options will encourage more people to use the bikes, which are both pedaled and propelled by electric motors when needed, when commuting to public transportation sites. Drive Oregon plans to use the results to “create a replicable model for deployment” for other companies.”

Seminar at PSU will examine U.S. e-bike market

OTREC at PSU has long been at the forefront of e-bike research. Tomorrow, OTREC’s Sustainable Transportation Program Manager John MacArthur will host a seminar titled, E-Bikes in the United States. MacArthur will share his analysis from a recent study of e-bike users that sought to answer questions about why the bikes have potential with certain segments of the bicycle market. The seminar starts at noon tomorrow on the PSU campus. More info here.

The eBike Store is open for business at new location

The eBike Store at 809 N Rosa Parks Way.

As we shared in August, The eBike Store has moved to a new location at the corner of N Albina and Rosa Parks Way in the Piedmont Neighborhood. It took a lot of renovation work and permitting delays, but owner Wake Gregg is finally officially open for business. Gregg has transformed the corner lot from its previous use as an illegal auto chop shop. His new store features a large showroom and service area, as well as a retail space for accessories and parts. Whether you’re looking for a complete bike or a conversion kit to electrify your existing rig, Wake and his staff are eager to get you set up]. Head on over and check out the new shop!

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Tara Goddard

Getting an ebike (from Wake and the guys at the ebike store) in August has quite literally changed my life. I was already pro-bike philosophically and a relatively comfortable bicyclist in traffic, but I wasn’t riding much despite that. Hills, headwinds, the desire to wear street clothes, etc. I’ve reduced my driving about 90% (no exaggeration) since I got it. Almost 500 miles since August 28. This e-vangelical (haha, get it?) is going to keep spreading the good word, and I’m always happy to answer questions as something of an “average Jane” rider when it comes to ability and body type, and share the amazing world that has opened up thanks to my ebike.


I think e-bikes are great until one passes me on an uphill. Then I think they’re Satan’s tool, a symptom of our society’s decay, etc. etc. I was very proud of my John Henry moment yesterday when I actually duked it out with an e-bike and won.

Shawn Gossman

I think owning an eBike would be pretty cool but knowing me, I’d activate it on every hill, haha. Great post!

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Jeff bernards

E-BIKES will get more people out and onto a bike than a regular bike ever will. There’s so many environmental advantages to an E-BIKE. It converts wind power into transportation, that’s gold! I love to ride my bike, but the E-BIKE is my first choice in transportation.


I “accidentally” test rode a bionx assisted yuba mundo and fell in love. It’s a second car. I love my bike commute, even when I’m tired. Sometimes my wife rides it and I draft behind her on a beater mountain bike. Trips happen by bike that would have always been a car before.

There’s also no better way to make your regular bikes feel lighter than to spend most of your time on a 65 lb bike…. and it only costs a little bit more than a pair of Zip 404’s!


Thanks for the great post – and congrats to Wake on the new store!


I love my ebike. Serious question, would I get More or Less looks of disdain if I switched to an electric skateboard in the bike/skateboard lanes? Electric skateboards have almost reached a point where they are a viable commuter option. Note, you don’t need to carve/etc. on them