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Go By Bike adds test rides as part of OHSU e-bike push

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Go By Bike provides check rides as a part of OHSU e-bike push

Go By Bike now gives e-bike check rides at their showroom in South Waterfront beneath the tram.
(Picture: Go By Bike)

Electrical bike gross sales are skyrocketing nationwide and Portland is doing its half to stoke the growth. Now a brand new partnership between native bike outlets, Oregon’s electrical automobile advocacy group, and Portland’s largest employer will make it even simpler for folks to buy one.

Based on market analysis agency NPD Group, e-bike sales were up 84% in March, 92% in April, and 137% in Could. It’s no shock given how the bikes have advanced in recent times. Once they first arrived on the scene they have been clunky and principally the realm of early adopters and garage-tinkerers. Then they trickled into native bike outlets, however there have been only some manufacturers, battery know-how was subpar, and costs have been comparatively excessive for what you bought. Recently the bikes have made large leaps in high quality and affordability and there are tons of nice manufacturers and fashions out there.

Now the practically 13,000 individuals who work at OHSU are eligible for a $200 subsidy and there’s even a handy place to take one for a check experience.

OHSU has teamed up with Go By Bike (the restore store that additionally runs the bike valet beneath the Portland Aerial Tram) to supply check rides. The new Go By Bike showroom at present has 5 fashions to select from and can rotate the choice each few months. While you’re prepared to purchase, OHSU’s transportation division will give as much as 50 folks $200 that can be utilized as credit score off a purchase order at The eBike Retailer (809 N Rosa Parks Method) or Cynergy E-Bikes (3838 SE Powell Blvd).

(4 of the 5 bikes out there for check rides. Click on for make/mannequin names.)

The showroom is open to everybody. Along with the subsidy, OHSU has partnered with Point West Credit Union on an e-bike mortgage program.

“E-bikes are a major side of our work and a fast-growing ingredient of good transportation.”
— Steve Guttman, Forth

Go By Bike proprietor Kiel Johnson says he’s thrilled at how this partnership got here collectively and was impressed to construct out his showroom after being a part of the Electrical Bike Work Group convened by Forth, Oregon’s nonprofit electrical automobile advocacy group. That group had been planning an e-bike expo earlier than the pandemic hit. As an alternative, Johnson use a part of his federal COVID-19 stimulus examine to buy a brand new transport container he’s utilizing because the showroom. For now he solely gives check rides. “Proper now we’re leasing bikes from the varied bike outlets,” Johnson shared with us. “But when we will present there’s sufficient worth within the showroom, the used bikes will go to a low earnings electrical bike rental program.”

Go By Bike’s showroom and check experience program is only a pilot undertaking at this level, however he and Forth hope to supply one thing related at different employer websites citywide.

Forth Senior Program Supervisor Steve Gutmann stated the concept was based mostly on their EV Showcase within the World Commerce Heart in downtown Portland. Whereas most of Forth’s lobbying and packages have centered on EV vehicles, car-sharing, electrical vans, and different packages, “We’ve additionally been working to speed up e-bike adoption for years,” Gutmann stated.

“E-bikes are a major side of our work and a fast-growing ingredient of good transportation,” Gutmann added. Forth is in search of grant funds to increase the pilot to different places and plans to supply e-bike check rides of their very own as soon as their EV Showcase re-opens.

The Go By Bike E-Bike Showroom is situated at 3303 S Bond Ave and is Monday by means of Friday, 6:00 am to 7:30 pm. Present fashions out there are from Specialised, Yamaha, Rad Energy Bikes and Large. Check out the website to fill out the test ride waiver before you show up.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org
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