Posted: Aug 25, 2014 7:35 PM by Spencer Wilson, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Aug 29, 2014 12:07 PM
COLUMBIA - Move over motorcyclists and cyclists, e-cyclists are hitting the scene. GetAbout Columbia showed off a few electronic bicycles or e-bikes Monday in order to raise awareness of this uncommon mode of transportation.
The machine is a regular bicycle with an electric motor attached that is activated either by the use of a throttle or peddling. While it uses some leg work, it can reach speeds up to 25 miles per hour.
Ted Curtis works for the City of Columbia and said it's been a push to get more people on bikes. He says e-bikes are a great option to get more people out on the trails.
"They ride it more than a regular bike, they will go further, they are using them for errands, just because it's a lot of fun as opposed to 'ahh, I gotta go out and sweat'," Curtis said.
The push has come on the heels of a high demand in European and Asian cities with large biking populations. But Karl Kimbel, the owner of Klunks bike shop doesn't think e-bikes are all that wonderful.
"They are heavy, the batteries don't last, and when you run out of power, you've got a really heavy bike to pedal around," Kimbel said.
Kimbel said while he would fix an e-bike's non-electric issues, he doesn't plan on selling them.
Curtis hopes to see more and more people interested in e-bikes.
No bike stores in Columbia currently sell e-bikes, but they are looking into carrying them soon.
Posted 12:02 PM 11/25/2015 by Steve Dawson, KOMU 8 Reporter
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This holiday season, Missouri American Water is launching a state-wide campaign to "can the grease."
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Posted 3:49 PM 11/25/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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The Nov. 7 arson fire caused extensive smoke damage to Encore, a women's clothing shop.
Two other businesses closed due to the fire. Duval (More)
Posted 1:53 PM 11/25/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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Posted 1:51 PM 11/25/2015 by The Associated Press
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Posted 1:48 PM 11/25/2015 by Annisa Budiman, KOMU 8 Reporter
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Posted 1:11 PM 11/25/2015 by Kolbie Satterfield, KOMU 8 Reporter
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Posted 10:32 AM 11/25/2015 by Matt Johnson, KOMU 8 Content Manager
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Posted 11:55 AM 11/25/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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Posted 9:16 AM 11/25/2015 by Tim Schmidt, KOMU 8 Weathercaster
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Posted 9:17 AM 11/25/2015 by The Associated Press
WEBSTER GROVES (AP) — A Webster Groves police officer has been struck in the legs by a vehicle as he investigated another accident.
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