e-bikes

Oregon e-bike advocacy group looks to host rides to educate policymakers

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 27th, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick and her e-bike at a 2017 ride.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Oregon is home to many electric bike businesses and believers. But so far, the revolutionary vehicles have failed to crack into the mainstream political discourse. Now a group of e-bike advocates will take concrete steps to change that by getting legislators and policymakers into the saddle.

Electric Bikes For All (EB4A) is a group that’s been meeting since 2019. It started informally thanks to leadership from Joseph Wachunas, program manager for Forth, a nonprofit working to boost electric vehicle use and policy in Oregon. Wachunas shared with BikePortland that EB4A first got together to plan an electric bike expo event. Portland hosted a successful e-bike expo in 2016, but it was cancelled in 2017 when “solar eclipse mania” swept the region and organizers had trouble finding necessary equipment to host the event.[Read more…]

New Portland-based e-mobility company Vvolt launches line of electric bikes

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 3rd, 2021 at 9:53 am

The new Vvolts, company owner Kyle Ranson, and the office design board. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)[Read more…]

Backed by business and advocacy coalition, Blumenauer introduces ‘E-BIKE Act’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 10th, 2021 at 9:52 am

Customers eye Gazelle models at The E-Bike Store in north Portland.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

[Read more…]

PGE grants will stoke e-bike boom in Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 27th, 2021 at 2:45 pm

Yay for more funding of electric bikes!
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

[Read more…]

E-bikes not represented in statewide ‘transportation electrification’ project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 14th, 2021 at 1:51 pm

E-bike stores, like this one in north Portland, are very busy these days.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

[Read more…]

Shawne’s latest e-bike adventure: A pick-up from Target 16 miles away

Avatar by on December 11th, 2020 at 1:32 pm

The employee said they had never delivered to someone on a bicycle.
(Photos: Shawne Martinez)

[Read more…]

E-bikes and ODOT’s new electric vehicle infrastructure study

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 3rd, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Their use is on the rise, so too should places to charge them.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

[Read more…]

Guest article: 40-miles to Gateway Green with one battery and a 5-year-old

Avatar by on December 2nd, 2020 at 9:43 am

Gateway Green or bust.
(Photos: Shawne Martinez)

[Read more…]

Oregon Bicycle Racing Association will allow e-bike events in 2021

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 25th, 2020 at 5:28 pm

A Class 1 “Talon” e-MTB from Giant.

It’s been one year and one day since Portland hosted its last sanctioned, competitive cycling event. In many ways, 2020 was a lost season for local racers, but 2021 will look a lot different — not only because we are likely to emerge from the Covid cocoon, but because electric bikes will be welcomed into the racing scene for the first time.

In a statement today, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association Executive Director Chuck Kenlan announced that the 2021 season is already coming into focus. Weekly racing is slated to re-start in April and May’s schedule is filling up. “We are approaching the race season with caution and expect the earlier races to run using modified formats that follow the state guidance for outdoor recreation,” Kenlan shared. “Our plan is to work with promoters to help them make their races as safe as possible and still allow for a fun competition.”

Kenlan also said OBRA’s new liability insurance policy will cover events that include a category for “Class 1” electric bikes. [Read more…]

TriMet GM boosts e-bikes as leaders weigh in on congestion pricing

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 21st, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Urgency for new transportation funding options has never been greater.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

[Read more…]