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Month: October 2010

Don’t pedal me, cuz I’m electric, and if you pedal me….

Don’t pedal me, cuz I’m electric, and if you pedal me….

….you’ll be shocked?

I love the CONCEPT behind electric bikes.  They get people on a bike that may not normally ride- whether it be because of hills, fitness level, or needing to carry a bunch of weight uphill.  Sure, an electric bike isn’t totally a bike.  I mean, you DO have to plug it in… The misconception that they are totally “carbon-free” is, in my opinion, B.S.  That- from my days as an “environmentalist” is what we would call “non-point source” vs. “point source” pollution.  Sure, it’s better than hauling 5 pounds of organic whole wheat flour around in a 3/4 ton diesel pickup truck, but when you plug into that electrical outlet, you are cutting off the blood flow to your precious Mother Nature…. but I digress.

Living in Seattle, we are a city of hills.  If you leave your neighborhood, you will encounter them.  On a few occasions, while running errands or hauling goods- like I for some reason enjoy doing by bicycle, I think that I would enjoy riding an electric bike.  I don’t currently own an electric bike.  One major reason being that they are usually so damn ugly.

Onya Cycles has built an electric trike that may get me to reconsider.  Their “Front-end loader” looks well thought out and that tilting action makes it appear stable while stationary, but rideable at speed.  With a cargo load of 200lbs (not including the rider) an efficiency equivalent to 1500 miles per gallon (it is electric afterall,) as well as a design that looks friendly and urban friendly- I think they are going down the right road.

I’d love to test one on Seattle’s hills….

At the current estimate of $3800 the price is high, but not totally unreasonable when you consider that this would very easily take the place of someone’s car.

This little edit is a great example of what it can do and even the work that went into designing it.  My only issue (with this edit) is that, like most videos showcasing electric bikes, the driver isn’t pedaling except out of habit…  I want to know how much weight the bike is with the addition of battery, motor and accessories.  Is the gearing such to make riding it up Phinney Ridge with a dead battery impossible?  No harm intended for the Huffington Post and I appreciate their getting the word out.  But I want to see a bike race- with electric bikes- but with the power disconnected.  I want to see them sweat….

Mainly I want to beat our Mayor, Mike McGinn up Phinney Ridge… even just once. Damn you electric bikes. Damn you.

Seattle Public Library hosts “Bikes for Books” Program

Seattle Public Library hosts “Bikes for Books” Program

Seattle, Wash. – Children are invited to read books for a chance to win a bike. The Seattle Public Library will host the “Bikes for Books” reading program from Saturday, October 16 to Thursday, December 16. A celebration and prize drawing will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 18, at the Fremont Branch, 731 N. 35th St.
“Bikes for Books” is open to children in first through third grade, and fourth through fifth grade. Participants are allowed to enter their names for the drawing once for every three books they read between October 16 and December 16. Each entry will require a short oral book report to a librarian. One girl and one boy from each age category will win a bike, helmet and lock (four winners total). Winners must be present at the December 18 celebration to collect their prizes. All participants will receive certificates of accomplishment.

“Bikes for Books” is sponsored by the Masonic Doric Lodge No. 92 in Fremont. The goal of the program is to inspire children to read.

For more information, call the Fremont Branch at 206-684-4084.

From HERE