“Forty years ago, people communicaed using manual typewriters, then along came the IBM Selectric, then computers, now we communicate using iPhones,” said Nelson, co-founder of the organization. “Technology in bicycle transportation has evolved just as quickly, allowing everyday people, who are not necessarily in great physical condition, to commute to work, school or shopping with a power-assisted bike. Saving energy, getting physically fit, and reducing their carbon footprint.”
The association will also advocate for the addition of public charging stations at coffee shops, shopping centers and office buildings throughout the country.
“In other cultures e-bikes are common,” said Peterson. “In China, fifty-percent of all bikes sold are electric, in Holland 1 in 4, in Germany 1 in 8, and 1 in 10 in Switzerland. E-bikes extend a rider’s range, reduce fatigue and are fun. Some purists may think only human power should propel a bicycle. But a bicycle is transportation, real simple. It gets everyday people from point A to B. A bicycle is an upgrade from walking. An e-bike is a step-up from a manual bike, and it allows the rider to get to work not dripping with sweat and in an efficient and economic manner.”