Talk to Kiran Herbert and you might start to think that e-bikes cure cancer. She’s not just a writer and content manager at the bicycle advocacy group PeopleForBikes. She is a self-proclaimed e-bike evangelist on a mission to see electric bicycles spread across her home state of Colorado, then across the country and around the world.
“I just love it,” Herbert said during a phone interview. “I rode 10 miles today which on a normal bike is a lot and it’s not something I could just fit into my daily routine. But when I’m on an e-bike and have to go five miles I don’t even hesitate because it’s just as easy as driving. It’s almost better, because I arrive happier.”
She has reason to be so giddy. Next week, the state of Colorado is set to release $12 million for e-bike ownership and rideshare programs. The funding comes as part of Colorado State Senate Bill 22-193, which was signed into law on June 2 and is among a host of state and local measures across the country that identify e-bikes as an essential tool for getting people to drive less, which will reduce emissions from transportation.
I am an avid bicyclist. Most of my riding is on empty country roads, but I use some shared use trails when I go through a nearby town. In the past 3 years I have seen a big increase in the number of E-bikes on the trails. A lot of people seem to be using them as recreational riding. The next largest group are the folks who seem to be commuters. A very small percent seem to be the ones using them as ways to go shopping. If I lived in town instead of in the country. I could see using an E-bike for the latter purpose.