eBike News: Bicycles Economic Impact, World Tour, Solar Charging, New eBikes, & More! [VIDEOS]

noordung-angel-electric-bikeBy Richard Peace

Quantifying Bicycles’ Economic Contribution

The U.S. House of Representatives have just passed the Outdoor REC (Recreation’s Economic Contributions) Act, moving it one step closer to being signed into law by the president.

As suggested by its title, The Outdoor REC Act would require the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Labor, working with federal land management agencies, to provide statistics on the economic contribution of recreation to the U.S. economy – and that inlcudes bikes’ and e-bike’s contribution. 

People for Bikes said: 

‘We believe it is time for the bike industry’s economic statistics to be measured in the same way as other sectors such as the automobile, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. Measuring the economic benefits of bicycling will demonstrate that investment in bike infrastructure leads to economic development, jobs and healthier communities. [Read more…]

Cool Bike Infrastructure: Solar & Glowing Paths, Super Bikeways, Underground Parking & More! [VIDEOS]

hovenring-elevated-bike-roundaboutThere is always something new with electric bike technology but it is also exciting to see what is happening with improvements in bicycle infrastructure.

You might initially think of protected bike paths that separate auto traffic from bike traffic.

People for Bikes put together this video [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Bosch Double Battery, New Giant & Cannondale eBikes, Bicycle Autobahn & More! [VIDEOS]

Bosch-eBike-Dual-Battery-2017-Power-PackBy Richard Peace

New Tech

Bosch Releases 2017 Update Details

German e-bike giant Bosch has just announced its latest developments to its market leading system. There will now be the option on future models to have two batteries (two frame batteries or a frame and a rack battery) and both will be chargeable at once using the same charger.

If you opted for the largest capacity Bosch batteries at 500Wh each, your on the move capacity would be a huge 1000Wh, easily enough for a full day’s riding over even the most challenging [Read more…]

The New California E-Bike Law & Electric Mountain Bikes

focus jarifa electric bike downhill

Photo credit: Paul Willerton

By Morgan Lommele, E-Bikes Campaigns Manager at PeopleForBikes.

On October 7, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1096, legislation that clarifies the regulation of electric bicycles in California. This new law means that riding an electric bicycle on bikeways is no longer illegal in California.

The bill designates three classes of e-bikes and distinguishes [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Solar Charging, E-Bike Shares, Free Energy Bike, Hydrogen Bike, & More! [VIDEOS]

Solar electric bike charging stationTime for another e-bike news round up!

Here’s a cool idea; an off-grid solar e-bike charging station that is built into a shipping container! It will be an e-bike charging and rental station in a state park in New Jersey.

That is similar to the Quikbyke e-bike rental franchise that also uses shipping containers with solar charging and will be focused on renting e-bikes to tourists. Here’s a quick video about the Quickbyke setup: [Read more…]

New California Law Brings Clarity to Electric Bike Regulations

US electric bike law status

Image courtesy of People for Bikes.

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that clarifies electric bike regulations and creates a model that other states could follow throughout the U.S.

Current electric bike laws in the U.S. can be confusing on a state by state basis.

This new California law clarifies that electric bikes will follow similar rules to a conventional bicycle. [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Solar E-Bike, Hover Board, New Mid Drive, 2 Seat E-Trike, & More [VIDEOS & PICS]

solar electric bikeTime for another e-bike news round up!

What if you never had to plug in to charge your electric bike?

For some that could be a reality with The Dutch Solar Cycle.  It has solar panels built into the wheels so that it is always charging; even on cloudy days and when the panels are dirty.  They claim that on a sunny day the battery can be fully charged in 4 to 6 hours.

Speaking of solar, there is now the world’s first solar bike path near Amsterdam!  It’s surface is a bunch of solar panels that supply electricity to the grid. Very cool!  Enjoy the following video of the SolaRoad: [Read more…]

E-Bike News: New Bosch Tech, Grace, ProdecoTech, E-Bike Touring, E-Mtn Bikes, Harley Davidson?! [VIDEOS]

GRACE MX II Trail electric bikeGrace Electric Bikes will be on display at Interbike this year.  These high tech e-bikes feature the Bosch mid drive system, with Gates belt drive and the NuVinci continuously variable rear hub.

Bosch is working on a new control unit called Nyon. It has e-bike controls, navigation, fitness and smartphone functionality. They are also working on integrated shifting solutions with NuVinci, SRAM, and Shimano. 

SRAM is working with Bosch to offer a semi-automatic drivetrain.  It features an internally geared hub that automatically shifts in addition to a traditional derailleur and cogset that the rider can manually shift……..interesting!

If you are looking for a high tech electric bike then [Read more…]

Charged Up! 2014 Electric Bike Mainstream Media Event Report [VIDEOS]

Journalists swarm to ride e-bikes at the Charged up electric bike media event!

Journalists swarm to ride e-bikes at the Charged Up electric bike media event!

Yes, electric bikes are still relatively unknown to a majority of people in the US.

But hopefully that will change soon!

As a way to get the word out about e-bikes, Interbike (organizers of the largest bicycle trade show in the US) partnered with Outdoor Retailer to present e-bikes and other outdoor gear to a group of journalists from large mainstream media companies.

The Charge Up media event was held at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ and the location was selected because [Read more…]

Join Me & Support People for Bikes

Would you like to see better bicycling infrastructure in the U.S.?  Would you like to see bicycling recognized more in the U.S.?  If so, then you should join me and sign the People for Bikes pledge of support.  And don’t worry, it is totally free.

People for Bikes is an organization that is working towards building a massive list of people around the U.S. to show their support of bicycling.

Here are two quotes from the “Our Goals” page on PeopleforBikes.org:

“The goal of peopleforbikes.org is to gather a million names of support, to speak with one powerful voice—to let policy makers, the media and the public know that bicycling is important and [Read more…]