Electric-assist bikes, also known as e-bikes, will make it easier for more people to ride bikes, according to this opinion piece.
Christopher Priest writes for The Urbanist to make the case for the potential of e-bikes to broaden the population of people who bike in Seattle and around the United States.
"The e-bike manufacturers say their primarily demographic is older riders, mainly baby boomers with mobility issues," according to Proest. And e-bikes are gaining popularity, with growing sales. "The reason for this is because, as one cyclist put it, e-bikes 'flatten the city'–they remove the part about cycling that so many people dislike, the actual physical labor."
Priest makes the argument in context of the proliferation of dockless bike share bikes around the city—Lime, for instance, offers e-bikes. So some of the recent controversy over dockless bike share bikes is also a controversy about e-bikes, and the new speeds they're capable of on sidewalks and pedestrian paths.
Since Priest's opinion article was published, Seattle Parks and Recreation proposed a rule that would limit the speed of bikes, focusing mostly on e-bikes, reports Stephen Fesler.
Amtrak Ramping Up Infrastructure Projects
Thanks to federal funding from the 2021 infrastructure act, the agency plans to triple its investment in infrastructure improvements and new routes in the next two years.
Ending Downtown San Francisco’s ‘Doom Loop’
A new public space project offers an ambitious vision—so why is the city implementing it at such a small scale?
Proposal Would Transform L.A.’s ‘Freeway to Nowhere’ Into Park, Housing
A never-completed freeway segment could see new life as a mixed-use development with housing, commercial space, and one of the county’s largest parks.
Federal Government Announces National Climate Resilience Framework
The document is designed to guide federal investment into community-driven solutions tailored to local conditions and needs.
How to Build for Aging in Place
Why developers should place more emphasis on building homes for aging residents and multigenerational living.
Bringing Planning Back to the People
Has the profession given in to corporate interests, and is there another way forward?
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research
Mpact: Mobility, Community, Possibility
City of Helena
Lassen County Planning and Building Services
City of San Carlos
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.