Electric Bikes

Welcome to our coverage of e-bikes.

Portland is home to many electric-bike makers, tinkerers, riders, and enthusiasts. We do our best to cover it all. Have an e-bike story idea? Drop us an email via our contact page.

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)

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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!
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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.
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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.
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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)

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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…]

Go By Bike adds test rides as part of OHSU e-bike push

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 19th, 2020 at 1:27 pm

Go By Bike now offers e-bike test rides at their showroom in South Waterfront under the tram.
(Photo: Go By Bike)

Electric bike sales are skyrocketing nationwide and Portland is doing its part to stoke the boom. Now a new partnership between local bike shops, Oregon’s electric vehicle advocacy group, and Portland’s largest employer will make it even easier for people to purchase one.

According to market research firm NPD Group, e-bike sales were up 84% in March, 92% in April, and 137% in May. It’s no surprise given how the bikes have evolved in recent years. When they first arrived on the scene they were clunky and mostly the realm of early adopters and garage-tinkerers. Then they trickled into local bike shops, but there were only a few brands, battery technology was subpar, and prices were relatively high for what you got. Lately the bikes have made massive leaps in quality and affordability and there are tons of great brands and models available.

Now the nearly 13,000 people who work at OHSU are eligible for a $200 subsidy and there’s even a convenient place to take one for a test ride.
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Portland State researcher seeks subjects for first of its kind electric bike study

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 13th, 2020 at 3:31 pm

(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

“E-bikes are the future!” That’s what Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone proclaimed at a forum earlier this week. Iannarone is bullish on e-bikes not just because she’s an expert on innovative transportation solutions (thanks in part to her work at First Stop Portland), but because she rides an e-bike herself.

Many that ride e-bikes quickly become evangelists like Iannarone and start using words like “transformational” and “revolution”.

Now a Portland State University research project wants to add more science to back up all the excitement. And they’re looking for subjects. [Read more…]

City says e-bike use on park paths is a violation, but it’s not enforced

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 18th, 2018 at 12:19 pm

Portland City Code prohibits e-bike use on paths like the Springwater.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Last summer we stumbled upon an inconvenient truth about electric bike use in Oregon State Parks. It turned out that despite their popularity, it was illegal to operate e-bikes on State Park paths and trails.

Thankfully, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) acknowledged the outdated rules and the State Parks Commission recently approved new ones that explicitly permit e-bike use on their facilities.

Now it appears the City of Portland might have the same problem. [Read more…]