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Univ. of Washington to Launch Electric Bike Program on Campus

Seattle Times. The University of Washington is partnering with Intrago to provide electric bikes for students and faculty members across campus. Intrago is a developer of automated local vehicle rental and management systems specifically for combined offerings of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs), Segway Personal Transporters, electric scooters, electric bicycles, and pedal bicycles.

Forty electric bikes will be available to be checked out. Each bike can go 25 miles on a charged battery, more if it’s pedaled.

Under the plan, there will be four stations spread across campus where the bikes can be charged, 10 at each station. The program is being partially funded by a $200,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation as part of a $1 million trip-reduction program.

Under the UW plan, users would pay a yet-to-be-established fee, go to a bike station, present a key and enter a PIN to unlock a bike. When the ride is over, the bike could be returned to a docking station.


Johan Erlandsson

What about muscle power?


Where is the common sense in spending at least $5,000 per bicycle for transportation that will most likely be used on-campus, an area about one square mile?



The idea is to go 25 miles WITHOUT sweating your tuckus off or getting there several hours late.


Muscle power & $5000?

Only 40 bikes, so people with disabilities probably will get priority & the Ebikes could be lots less than $5000, not at least $5000. Growl at the Internal Combustion Engines the Ebikes displace.

My schedule was so crammed, I didn't make it on time to some of my classes(across that 1 mile up & down terrain dragging heavy books & gear). & I never got time in my short breaks to visit the art events, natural galleries, Arboretum or anything just off campus. It was much like a prison.

Students work hard. Support possibilities that may give the students a bit more capability.

Also, integrate with Seattle Electric Vehicle Ass(SEVA) & allow all people who own Ebikes to charge up at the stations.


There is a lot to be said for 2 wheeled solutions.
You end up with 100 KG of rider+vehicle instead of 2000 KG, which has to be a good thing for short range journeys.

However, the provision of electric vehicles for the fittest and healthiest section of the population is a bit ironic.

On the other hand, anything to get Americans out of the beloved cars is probably worth it.

It would be easy to build LiPo or LION versions of e-bikes - the cost of say a 0.5 - 1 KWh battery would not be too bad - you could end up with quite a decent form of transport.


Even healthy populations have disabled people as I mentioned. Also, it is young people, the future of the planet who will see electric motors' low resource, pollution & research needs & their high elegance & benefit to society. It is obvious, not probable that people exposed to Ebikes will want EVs.

The cost, versatility & theft potential of Lithium, Nickel or Lead acid batteries will have to be debated within the program.


Another alternative to keep in mind... the Collegiate Bicycle Company ( now makes officially licensed U of Washington bicycles. Maybe the funding could be used more efficiently to purchase a fleet U of Washington bikes to be shared on campus-- instead of just a few of these expensive "electric powered" bicycles.

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