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Electric bicycles are growing more popular every year, but little research yet exists on how they might play a role in our transportation systems. Much of the literature on biking for transportation focuses on the standard bicycle and infrastructure to support it, less so on the vehicle itself. This project evaluates an electric bicycle program at three Kaiser Permanente campuses in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and examines participants' impressions of e-bikes.
Results support the hypothesis that e-bikes allow for a broader participation in cycling and for existing cyclists to go to more places.
Nick Kobel earned his BGS from the University of Michigan in 2011, and his MURP from Portland State University in 2015. His work is primarily focused on infusing public policy with quantitative methods, and he is currently an economic planner at the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
Electric bicycles -- Oregon -- Portland, Cyclists -- Oregon -- Portland -- Public opinion, Electric bicycles -- Effect on reducing barriers to cycling
Transportation | Urban Studies and Planning
Kobel, Nicholas, "Evaluation of an Electric Bike Pilot Project at Three Employment Campuses in Portland, Oregon" (2016). TREC Friday Seminar Series. 92.