UT is home to the nation’s first fully-automated electric bike sharing stations thanks to civil and environmental engineering assistant professor Chris Cherry. Cherry and his team are collecting data on a number of questions related to safety, environmental impact, and travel behavior to see if electric bikes could become more popular here in the US.
Chris Cherry has made UT home to an automated electric bicycle (e-bike) sharing system. The civil and environmental engineering assistant professor started the pilot program as a subject of an ongoing research study. He got the idea after arriving in Kunming, China, on a research grant in 2005 and noticing the city was buzzing with e-bikes.
UT Knoxville’s electric bike sharing program was recently featured on MSNBC’s Future of Technology blog. The program, the first of its kind in the country, is the subject of a research study by civil and engineering assistant professor Chris Cherry and Stacy Worley and David Smith from biosystems engineering.