I used the Solexity eBike for a week in place of my normal pedal bike. I am interested in electric bikes, because they decrease my dependence on fossil-fuel-powered transportation. Using the eBike allowed me to bike up the hill to WWU without arriving sweaty and out of breath. Currently, I bike from my house to the downtown bus depot and then take the bus up the hill. To accommodate the bus schedule, it takes me about 35 minutes from my house door to my office door. Using the eBike and taking it up the hill, my commute was trimmed down to 13 minutes from door to door, which allows for more free time in the morning to help get my kids ready for the day. There were a lot of things that I liked about the Solexity eBike: the battery held a great charge, the throttle was really fun to use, and the pedal assist made quick work of the hills. Overall, having the e-bike for a week made biking really fun. A lot of students and co-workers inquired about the e-bike after seeing it in my office, and I’m definitely going to look more into acquiring an e-bike as an alternative to biking/busing to WWU. I love that this program is offered from Western and I HIGHLY recommend that anyone who is interested should get in touch with the Office of Sustainable Transportation to see if a Viking eBike may be right for you!
Tony Thompson works full time as a clinical supervisor for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. He is a daily bike commuter (rain or shine) who currently takes the bus from the downtown station up the hill to campus.