As the Viking eBike program comes to a close here at Western’s Sustainable Transportation office, we would like to recap the event we hosted on May 31 for those that could not attend. On the morning of the 31st, we hosted the Viking eBike Wrap Up Party to share with the University our findings from the past two years. We were thrilled to have faculty, staff, and students join us for this event and to take part in the discussion that naturally flowed out of our presentation. To us, that was deeply rewarding and validating that we are not the only ones who care about integrating this sustainable technology into our lives.
Other highlights from our event was in sharing our results. Much of our research gathering was qualitative, as is demonstrated in our eBike rider blog posts. We believe these stories go a long ways towards people understanding and adopting such modes of transportation into their lives.
|“It’s incredibly useful to have 10 weeks to ride and evaluate an electric bike”
– Howard Muhlberg, University Residence staff
“I felt like a kid again. I couldn’t wipe the ear to ear grin off my face. I felt as though I could go anywhere.”
– Aliina Lahti, WWU student
Of course, we also collected quantitative data, as well. The table below demonstrates many of the main data points we focused on. Personally, I am stunned that our riders collectively rode approximately 7,000 miles over the course of this program! We calculated that’s the distance between Bellingham, USA and Lima, Peru! Now that’s a ride.
Results as of June 5, 2018
|Staff, Faculty Oriented||108|
|Short Term eBike Loans||54|
|Total Miles Ridden||6,830|
|Dept. Car Trips Eliminated||116|
|Impact On Emissions||6,108 lbs CO2 avoided|
Our thanks goes out to all of the people who participated in our program from the students who jumped on their very first eBike, to the University’s departmental directors who have seen just how valuable the addition of eBikes are to their office. A special thanks goes out to Gary Malik at ATUS who spoke at the presentation with us about his personal and professional experience with Viking eBike. Thanks Gary!
We have a few more blog posts in us yet. Check back in over the next couple weeks as we post the final rider stories from our last eBike riders of the Viking eBike program.