Vail joins August 19 demo day for e-bikes

Learn more about the growing phenomenon of e-bike use and give it a try at the e-bike demo day from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 19 at the Mountain Recreation Field House in Edwards. The event is sponsored by the City of Vail, Climate Action Collaborative, Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, Eagle County and Walking Mountains Science Center.

A variety of e-bike brands will be available to the public for free demonstration from regional distributors Moontime Cyclery, Mountain Pedaler, Pedal Power, Quiet Kat, Sun and Ski, Venture Sports, Wildsyde and High Gear Cyclery. To participate in the demo, participants are requested to bring a headset from home. In addition to the free demos, $100 gift cards from each of the participating companies will be raffled off at the event.

E-bike proponents say the machines offer residents the ability to travel longer distances in less time compared to conventional bikes. Since e-bikes provide electric assistance, they work well for running errands and transporting goods without having to put in a lot of effort to do so. However, e-bikes provide an outlet for moderate physical activity, most are legal on bike paths and roads, and generally do not require additional licensing or insurance requirements. As a result, e-bikes accounted for 88% of global bicycle sales in 2018.

According to the 2017 Eagle County Energy Inventory, transportation is the biggest source of carbon pollution in Eagle County, and e-bikes are a great alternative to driving alone. Eagle County’s Climate Action Plan, updated in 2020 and re-adopted in 2021, set an ambitious goal of reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.

On average, each Eagle County resident drives 40 miles per day (according to the 2017 Eagle County Energy Inventory). If Eagle County residents left their cars twice a week and used other modes of transportation, including walking, biking, skating, or carpooling, an average of 38.9 pounds of carbon per county household of Eagle would be prevented from entering the atmosphere every day, or 233,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year. This action alone would represent a 17% reduction in transportation-related carbon emissions in Eagle County.

For more information, email Beth Markham, Vail Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, [email protected]or call 970-479-2333.

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