Columbia Parks & Rec hosts seminar on electric bicycles

6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Sunday, April 28 2019 Apr 28, 2019 Sunday, April 28, 2019 4:13:00 PM CDT April 28, 2019 in Top Stories
By: Austin Walker, KOMU 8 Reporter and Yuhua Ren, KOMU 8 DIgital Reporter

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Parks and Recreation Commission hosted a seminar on electric bicycles Sunday afternoon at the Activity and Recreation Center.

The seminar provided attendees with a short presentation on how electric bikes, or E-Bikes, work and why people would need them, followed by a Q&A session. This free event showcased a variety of electric bike manufacturers and models. Electric bikes were available to test ride after the event. 

Ted Curtis, Bike/Pedestrian coordinator for the city, said the electric bicycle is a growing mode of transportation.

"They're not a motorcycle. They're not a moped," said Curtis. "They're here to encourage you to exercise."

Electric bicycles are designed with built-in motors, which users can activate with pedals or a throttle, and this feature allows people to more easily ride up hills, according to Curtis. He said the motor helps people who have trouble cycling to travel farther distances.

In a news release about the event, it said new technology makes the bikes lighter and less expensive.

Curtis said the average cost is around $2,000.

"It seems to be like hybrid cars," said Curtis. "People were confused with them at first, but now they really like them."

Around 30 people attended the free session.

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