New York City laws, Uber, tariffs, and how riding an ebike boosts health and fitness were among the top electric bike stories of 2018. In this news roundup, you’ll find a brief summary of some of the most talked about electric bike news from last year with links to several associated articles.‹ Go back to the blog
New York City & Electric BikesNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio actually started his battle against certain kinds of cargo vehicles described as “ebikes” in October of 2017, but the city’s “ban on electric bikes” was a key news story throughout 2018. The argument over whether throttled, electric cargo bikes should be legal in New York demonstrated how broad the term “electric bike” is and how important it will be for commuters and recreational riders to communicate the differences. For example, some of the ebikes de Blasio wanted to ban from the New York City didn’t even have pedals. Here are several articles and editorials that will bring you up to speed on this topic.
- “Let e-bikes power N.Y.’s transit future,” by Sarah Kaufman.
- “E-bike Controversy in NYC,” by Jenee Malloy.
- “Some Electric Bikes Will Officially Be Legal In NYC Next Month,” by Noah Manskar.
- “NYC Council Members Call For E-Bikes, E-Scooters To Be Legal,” CBS New York.
- “Electric bikes, scooters could be legal if 4 bills pass City Council,” by Vincent Barone.
- “Push to Legalize E-Bikes and E-Scooters in New York City Sets Up City Hall Clash,” by J. David Goodman.
Uber adds JumpCar sharing and food delivery company, Uber acquired electric bike and scooter sharing company Jump for a reported $200 million. The deal put Uber front and center of several news stories around electric bikes, ride sharing generally, and the future of personal automobiles.
- “Uber acquires bike-share startup JUMP,” by Megan Rose Dickey.
- “Uber Acquires Bike-Share Company JUMP,” by Aarian Marshall.
- “Uber’s shot at replacing personal car ownership starts with Jump Bikes,” by David Peisner.
- “Uber’s new Jump electric bicycles just fixed everything wrong with shared e-bikes,” by Micah Toll.
The U.S. Places a 25-percent Tariff on Electric BikesIn August 2018, the United States placed a 25-percent tariff on the vast majority of electric bikes. Some in the industry believe the tariff could impact the U.S. electric bike market in 2019.
- “Will the Trump Tariffs Mean Price Hikes for E-Bikes?” by Robert Annis.
- “How New Tariffs Could Affect Bike Prices In The USA,” by Brian Gerow.
- “25% e-bike tariff is confirmed by USTR, will take effect August 23,” by Stephen Frothingham.
Electric Bikes Boost Health, FitnessSeveral articles noted that bicycling, including riding an electric bike, can significantly improve health. This reinforced something many electric bike owners already know. Electric bikes are a great way to get back in shape or stay fit.
- “Out of Shape? Just Four Weeks of E-Biking Can Boost Your Fitness Level,” by Selene Yeager.
- “Riding Electric Bicycles Boon To Health And Not Cheating, Confirms Literature Review,” by Carlton Reid.
- “Four weeks of riding an e-bike promotes fitness and health,” University of Basel.
- “Top 5 Reasons Commuters Should Consider an Electric Bike,” by Armando Roggio.