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Will Electric Bicycles Get Americans to Start Pedaling?


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Cal
- 481 days ago - e360.yale.edu
The industry -- which is making a push to expand its sales in the U.S. -- says e-bicycles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and traffic congestion, while enabling Americans, two-third of whom are obese or overweight, to become more activ



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mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:23 am
e-bicycles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and traffic congestion a lot less than real bikes, while requiring a LOT more of unsustainably extracted materials
 

Natasha Salgado (518)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:29 am
E-bikes are an excellent green option to cars and motorcylcles. I only use my car for long treks and for picking up large items. I've had an E-bile for about 4 years now and i couldn't imagine life without it!! No gas-no noise-no pollution and it's affordable!! So i hope more people get on board. Try one! Thx Cal.
 

John S. (300)
Friday April 26, 2013, 5:04 am
People will not buy small acrs but they will buy these?
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Friday April 26, 2013, 11:02 am
I don't like riding bikes at all. I have a few friends who go everywhere all year round on bikes. Chicago is making more bike lanes too. Now if they want to close down street to let us ride horses I am all about that!
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday April 26, 2013, 11:17 am
Thanks Cal.
 

Dave C. (213)
Friday April 26, 2013, 11:24 am
if you don't get out and ride a real bicycle what will get you to do this?????

 

Sandy Castro (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 11:45 am
yes
 

Lynn D. (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 12:03 pm
I'm too old to ride any bike outside any more and if it's electric how do they get exercise pedaling? Thanks for info!
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (181)
Friday April 26, 2013, 12:29 pm
Najlepszy jest tradycyjny rower.
 

Christeen Anderson (473)
Friday April 26, 2013, 12:45 pm
Yes, the lazy ones.
 

Sharon F. (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 1:34 pm
I think we do not need e bikes. Pedal power will burn calories. We have to stop making so many things electric e.g. pencil sharpeners. Electricity has a very high environmental price tag. Don't be a wimp; bike the old-fashioned way.
 

Victoria Hall (129)
Friday April 26, 2013, 1:51 pm
It's a step in the right direction- definitely some good encouragement for the Americans in particular and potential for good development for the future
 

Birgit W. (144)
Friday April 26, 2013, 2:24 pm
Take a real bike if you are young and healthy. It would be great for the older generation.
 

Carol D. (108)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:24 pm
Just ride an ordinary push bike much healthier

 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:49 pm
People who commute in NY, LA, Chicago are less prone to ride bicycles.Between the exhaust, wall to wall people crossing, I don't see this as a big sell. This is not Venice, or Amsterdam/
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:37 pm
I agree with Gloria about horses. But I do ride a mountain bike in summer/spring. I live in a mountain town, lots and lots of mountain bikes here. I don't see this as "taking off."
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:53 pm
While electric bicycles might be a nice transitional step from typical carbound lardbottom to more practical healthy citizen, I consider having a decent cluster set as far more useful. Unless we research non-toxic (nickel-iron) longlived battery systems and switch to non-petro electric power systems, the toxic hi-tech batteries we replace every 5 years and the power used by the wall mount recharger will still negate the advantage of a smaller vehicle. Better off getting a real bicycle with 3 forward and 6 to 10 rear sprockets and an optional (and removable) fuel powered booster engine for long distance (ovr 20km) trips.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Friday April 26, 2013, 6:09 pm
It would be great to see more bicycles and bicycle-friendly tracks and roads.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Friday April 26, 2013, 6:47 pm
If there is one thing us Americans like is brand new gizmos! Electric gizmos even more! Now if you can invent a bike with a GPS system....!
 

Kathy Niell (93)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:41 pm
Whew! $80,000 for a German e-bike that goes 65 mpg? Sounds way too expensive and way too fast for me!
 

Jason S. (57)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:20 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Helen Porter (40)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:54 pm
I'd rather walk.
 

Stuart Thomas (504)
Friday April 26, 2013, 9:10 pm
Interesting Cal. Thank you.
 

Mm M. (448)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 12:52 am
Actually, they should pedal for their Health!
 

Michael O. (171)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:40 am
For getting around, it's better than a car (lower carbon footprint), but still not as good as an old-fashioned regular bicycle. A regular bicycle gives you more exercise too!

Thanks Cal!
 

Ben Oscarsito (352)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 6:44 am
That'll be the day!
 

Inge Bjorkman (137)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 9:37 am
Stop drilling for oil, acquiring electric cars / bikes
 

Les M. (6)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 10:03 am
thanks for the info. the website gave a lot of information on this. however, I don't know how well it will catch on in the US (besides CA).
 

Jude Hand (59)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 6:12 pm
Noted. Why can't we do a solar and wind powered bicycle?
 

Gvapo T. (22)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 3:45 am
noted
thanks cal
 

Debbie Crowe (78)
Monday June 17, 2013, 12:59 am
Thanks for the info, but if I want to ride a bike, I will stick with the old fashioned pedal type!!
 
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