Ebikes are blowing up, and it’s bloomin’ glorious to watch. No, I don’t mean exploding, but people are buying them at the fastest ever rate. But I’m worried some of us are missing out, because we’re not appreciating the ugly ones.
Over the past year, electrified bicycles have come of age. It’s part of what the BBC calls, “The great bicycle boom of 2020.” Pandemic lockdowns around the world opened our eyes to how much we rely on the car, and it’s got people thinking about two wheels as a more preferable mode of transport.
Obama’s rescue plan built the cycle-track on SW Moody. What would Biden’s plan build? (Photo: Jonathan Maus)
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For many Portlanders who care about transportation, the initial euphoria over the American Jobs Plan which will, “invest in America in a way we have not invested since we built the interstate highways and won the Space Race” was soon joined by a gnawing anxiety: How would the money be spent locally?
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The bicycle might have been invented in the early 1800s, but it’s hardly the quaint contraption it started out as—continuously upgraded and updated, the bike is a thoroughly modern mode of transportation. That’s especially true of electric bikes, which have all the advantages of traditional models but let you go faster while exerting yourself less, all quietly and without burning any fossil fuels.
The transportation industry has seen the future, and the future is 1895.
That was the year Ogden Bolton Jr. of Canton, Ohio, was awarded U.S. Patent 552,271 for an “electrical bicycle.” A century and change later, electric bikes have gained new currency as car and motorcycle companies like Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Yamaha have horned into the market with their own designs.
While the pandemic has accelerated bike sales, the overriding attraction is that cities worldwide are beginning to restrict motor traffic. These companies are betting that e-bikes are the urban vehicles of tomorrow — or at least
WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Haro Bicycles is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall about 510 Masi Evoluzione and Gran Corsa bicycles, model years 2017-2020. The company has received five reports of the bikes’ carbon steerer tubes breaking. The incidents include three reports of minor injuries.
Consumers are being told to stop riding the bikes immediately and their local Haro Bicycles dealer for a free inspection, and repair or replacement of the fork and compression plug. Consumers can contact Haro at 800-289-4276 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, email at [email protected] or visit Haro’s
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