Look who a Viking eBike found to hang out with! We love to see our eBikes mingle with other bikes and eBikes of the world.
Makes us feel like proud bi-pedal parents.
It’s not often that we’ll get a rider like Western student Sean Dever who is equally as passionate about biking as he is about understanding the electrical mechanics that go into electric bikes. We appreciate the enthusiasm, advice, and reality checks Sean offers in his assessment of the Viking eBike and its incorporation into his life this Spring quarter.
Here’s what he has to say:
“First of all, thanks so much to everyone involved in this project, it has been a really awesome experience and a great opportunity to learn about eBikes firsthand. I’m a Western student studying electrical engineering and a bit of a nerd-type so I was super excited about being able to ride around on something that I could also study the mechanics of. I’m even designing an electric bike for my senior project!
Here’s a few things I’ve learned since I’ve had the bike:
My favorite part about riding the bike to campus is that I regularly will start my commute behind a WTA bus and invariably beat it going UP Bill McDonald pkwy. I could keep going but I think I’ll leave it at that for now. Thanks again to the office of sustainability and all the people involved in the project for the awesome opportunity!”
Thank you, Sean!
The British Medical Journal has released a study documenting the health and transportation habits of British citizens. They found an overwhelming correlation between those who regularly bicycle to work and their avoidance of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Their conclusion reads, “Cycle commuting was associated with a lower risk of CVD, cancer, and all cause mortality. Walking commuting was associated with a lower risk of CVD independent of major measured confounding factors. Initiatives to encourage and support active commuting could reduce risk of death and the burden of important chronic conditions.”
It should be noted that the many circumstances and lifestyle factors cannot be fully controlled for in such an experiment. It could be that those who are bicycle commuting also live in neighborhoods that are generally healthier, safer, and closer to their place of work. Our team is always looking to promote cycling as an option for people, though these encouragements must be based in the complicated reality of people’s diverse lives. We are, however, pleased to see that cycling does indeed contribute to one’s health and avoidance of disease!