This electric trike was recently purchased by a WWU staff member to replace his car. He commutes to work from Ferndale. It takes him half the amount of time that it took with his non-electric bike.
Archives for July 2018
Giovanna is a student who hosted a Viking eBike during spring quarter. This will be the last rider post for the Viking eBike Pilot Project. We are working in our final report and will post it in a future blog post.
“I was so impressed with this bike! I was able to ride easily all around Bellingham including up Alabama Hill to my house. During the time that I had the bike, I was struck with how few protected bike lanes there are in Bellingham. We have such wide streets and ample street parking that we should be able to easily redirect traffic and install inexpensive bike lanes so people feel more comfortable riding around town. I hope by the time I can afford an e-bike of my own protected bike lanes in Bellingham will be a reality! More folks should have access to this safe, reliable, clean, and convenient mode of transportation. I hope Western purchases more e-bikes in the future and maintains a fleet for student use!”
Hello my name is Justin Miller I am 26 years old and I really like to ride bikes. No really, I love it, my entire life I rode bikes with my brothers, my cousins, my friends, if the sun was out, chances are I was on a bike. Sadly, after 5 years in the United States Marine Corps my knees were less then able to bear the strain and I was left with a 60% disability rating. For a couple years after I got out I didn’t really do anything, I stagnated, I’d stay inside on sunny days because I just knew if I went for a run, or a jog, or a walk I’d end up paying for it with days of relentless knee pain. Then one day my wife told me about the Viking E-Bike program, she said that I should apply and after a few reminders (thanks Elsa), I did. I’ve always wanted an e-bike but they are a little out of my price range and I was never sure if my knees could handle it. I ended up not getting it winter quarter (which was a blessing in disguise) and was selected to get my bike in Spring, I was giddy. This bike really changed my life, every chance I could get I was out the door and on my bike. My favorite was the weekends though, I’d wake up, have a cup of coffee and be out the door. I explored everywhere I could, I found trails and parks that I never knew existed, and when I wasn’t exploring I was just riding it for the fun of it, drifting from park to park, stopping occasionally to set up my hammock, it was the good life. These fun days were the minority however, as I am a full time college student. To say this bike helped my academics would be quite the understatement. I’m pretty lazy, and when I get the urge to so something I need to do it right that instant. With my majestic electronic pony I was able to get to school as soon as I got that urge, it gave me a means to do the things that I needed to do. I used it to go get groceries, ride to the library to study, or just get to class, the level of mobility that it gave me was amazing, and all without driving my car. During the entirety of Spring quarter I put over 500 miles on it and I really think it contributed quite a bit to me getting the grades that I did. I would like to thank everyone from the Viking E-Bike program for allowing me this wonderful opportunity!