The “People for Bikes” advocacy group are petitioning senators and are requesting support - you can help here.
Disclosure! I’m not a US citizen but I am a New Jersey / US Resident. I also already own an ebike and wont be buying one soon. So this bill doesn’t help me directly. I am a very happy multiple bike owner and I try and encourage people to adopt cycling. Anything that raises the profile of cycle is a good thing. If this bill acts as a tipping point for the undecided then that’s a good thing. If media coverage plants a seed about ebikes in the minds of people who didn’t even know they were a thing, then that’s also a good thing!
Anyhoo - I like People for Bikes - their mission is To get more people riding bikes more often. To make bike riding better for everyone. which is good with me. They also have an app which alas just highlights that my corner of NJ is a cycling desert and I would have to cross the hellscape of Newark to attend the nearest meet up in Manhattan. Maybe one day, NJ will be criss-crossed with awesome cycle paths and I can whiz all over the state with a big ebike grin on my face.
echo minarosa wrote:Why specifically e-bikes rather than all bikes?
Good question - I don’t know the answer. I could guess . . .
1) e-bikes are easier and therefore a bigger captive audience
2) e-bikes are a better option for short journeys than a car when you consider carrying loads
3) e-bikes are new and shiny and better for grabbing headlines
4) Most Americans think bikes are for kids or Mamils (Middle-aged men in Lycra)
5) bikes are considered exercise machines, not transportation devices
Please feel free to add . . .
Alas the bill was watered down . . .
Cargo bikes are cool
Location: KY - Zone 6b (near border of 6a), Heat Zone 7, Urban habitat