New York Times: A Bay Area Experiment in Electric Bike Sharing

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The New York Times mentions UT’s electric bike share program in an article about an electric bike share program in San Francisco. UT’s program is a pilot project of Chris Cherry, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering. The Federal Highway Administration’s Value Pricing Pilot Program awarded $1.5 million for the California initiative through the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency, the project’s fiscal sponsor. Ultimately the money will go to the local nonprofit City CarShare, which plans to integrate the e-bikes and trailers with its existing car sharing service, and to the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at University of California, Berkeley, which is responsible for assessing the impact and lessons learned from the project. “Electric bike sharing is not entirely new. Last fall, the University of Tennessee launched a small-scale e-bike share program for students,” wrote the author. “But City CarShare’s concept of offering e-bikes within a traditional car-sharing service is uncharted territory.”

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