‘Transit on Tap’ event will highlight Kaiser’s folding e-bike loan program

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A few employers own bicycles that they can loan to their workers as an introduction to bike commuting, but a Kaiser Permanente Northwest pilot program this year is taking that to the next level.

The health company is loaning folding e-bikes to 180 of its employees.

The goal is, in part, to increase active commutes by introducing more commuters to the transit-friendly vehicles that can address one of the biggest reasons workers neither bike or bus to work: they live too far away to bike, and too far from a bus stop to take transit.

Folding bikes with an electric assist, though, make it easy to pump up suburban hills to a bus stop a mile or two away.

Supporting the program is a $148,000 Metro grant that will also help monitor and analyze the behavior of the 180+ people who receive one of the 30 loaner bikes for cycles of three months each. We first wrote about the program last year.

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“The plan is to create a replicable model for deployment within Kaiser as well as other area employers,” according to the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium’s description of the project.

Curious about how Kaiser’s loaner program is working so far? We certainly are. You can find out more in two weeks at TriMet’s next “Transit on Tap” event on Tuesday, July 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. It’ll cover “Bikes and transit in the Portland area.” TriMet active transportation planner Jeff Owen and Kaiser consultant Lauren Whyte will be the featured guests, discussing this program and other bike/transit crossover issues.

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Lance P.
Lance P.
8 years ago

Very Cool idea. I’m interested to see how many people pick one up after the trial period is over.

Matt M.
Matt M.
8 years ago

I would love to see more healthcare companies do this.

Mabsf
Mabsf
8 years ago

Hmmm, these folding bikes look awefully familiar…

Peter W
8 years ago

Have any info on the bikes they’re using?

NK
8 years ago
Reply to  Peter W

The study is using Currie iZip E3 folding electric bicycles. (I work on the project.) http://ebike.research.pdx.edu/content/kaiser-permanente-e-bike-pilot-project

Charles McCarthy
Charles McCarthy
8 years ago

These bikes look like the Conscious Commuter bikes. That company has folded, taken the Kickstarter money, and delivered nothing except a T-shirt. I personally am out well over a kilobuck.

Does anyone know for sure whether or not these are in fact the Conscious Commuter bikes?

NK
8 years ago

The Conscious Commuter bikes were for a different project that is on hold at OTREC given the fact that they went under. The bikes used in the Kaiser study are Currie iZip E3 folding electric bikes. http://ebike.research.pdx.edu/content/kaiser-permanente-e-bike-pilot-project