E-Bikes and Cities


By Charles Pekow

Cycling West - Cycling Utah Magazine logoPlanners take note: E-bikes are here to stay. So you’d better take them into account when designing communities. Or so says a study from Norway, which may be ahead of the United States in e-bike use and planning. The Institute for Transportation Economics at the Norwegian Centre for Transportation Research looked at Norway’s four largest cities and advises that by integrating e-bike usage, “municipalities and regional development authorities can steer urban mobility to a more sustainable direction.”

The research team calculated that people will be able to get to thousands of jobs by e-bikes that they couldn’t or wouldn’t ride a regular bike to because of the speed differential. And with greater job accessibility, planners should account for more jobs in a given city center, says Land Use Development Potential and E-bike Analysis: A Study of Cycling & Land Use Planning.

Find the study in English and Norwegian at https://www.toi.no/getfile.php?mmfileid=50260.


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Charles Pekow
Charles Pekow is an award-winning Washington correspondent who has written about bicycling for years in publications such as the Washington Post, Bicycle Times, Dirt Rag, SPOKES, etc. as well as Cycling West/Cycling Utah. He also writes frequently on environmental issues and beer, among other topics. Weather permitting, you'll find him most weekends and some summer evenings astride a bicycle in a park. He is also a charter member of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.


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