Look Who’s Getting an eBike…

Well, an eTrike, actually.

This is Zoey Penny, one of our favorite kids.

Zoey was born with Progeria, a rare, fatal, “rapid aging” disease. We fell in love with Zoey, all of her friends and family immediately. You will too.

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Zoey is eight years old now and her mom told us that she loves to hang out with her friends to dance, play, study, enjoy gymnastics and ride bicycles. Except that Zoey can only watch as her friends ride their bikes in the spring, summer and fall.

We thought of something better.

We wanted Zoey to be able to join her friends for a bike ride, so we did two things:

  1. We deigned and built an eTrike (sometimes referred to as a recumbent bicycle) especially for her. A real-deal eTrike, just like the ones ridden for fun and sport, that can keep up with just about any bike or trike on the road. Maybe even beat them.
  2. We have donated a beautiful eBike to Team Zoey, to be offered in a silent raffle event, coming up soon, on March 29, 2018, in East Hanover New Jersey.

Be sure to check this beautiful bike out here. You will want to win it.

The Team Zoey web site is dedicated to raising money for the Progeria Research Foundation to find a cure and develop treatments for all the kids suffering from this disease; and to share  Zoey as she lives her life fighting progeria.

Please consider joining us on March 19th in East Hanover to support Zoey and all of the children who need your help. The proceeds go to the Progeria Research Foundation.

Thank you Zoey, for giving us a way to be better, kinder and- in a sorely confused, divided world, an opportunity to come together to be the best we can be.

Before you go- please meet Sam, who will show you how beautiful life can be, no matter what. His words may change your life.

eBike Sharing: We’re Ready!

Thank you Heather Thompson, for this really fabulous article about eBike sharing:

“Two increasingly popular phenomena – E-bikes and bikeshare systems – are combining to provide cities with new solutions to help alleviate transportation and pollution woes. Hundreds of millions of E-bikes and millions of bikeshare bicycles are now pedaling out across the globe , helping to reduce traffic jams and consumer costs.”

We are ready and looking forward to implementing two major eBike sharing programs in New Jersey this year. Please subscribe to keep up to date on our roll-out and to see where you can find our eBike sharing programs in the Garden State.

You are going to love it and it is coming soon to a town near you!

Electric Bikes in New Jersey: Legal or Not? Update 2018

An update on the New Jersey Electric Bicycle Legislation.

Who goes faster…

…a 70kg person on an electric bicycle with a 750 watt motor that disengages at 32 kph (20 mph) or,
…a 100kg person on an electric bicycle with a 5000 watt motor that disengages at 32 kph (20 mph), and; both on a level path and neither pedaling to assist the bicycle?

Of course, we know the answer- especially as riders and aficionados of the Electric Bicycle Revolution. It’s pretty simple: they both can only go 20 mph. One may get there quicker than the other, but if we consider speed as a point in time, they are ultimately just as fast as each other.

Why the silly question? Speed and wattage are at the center of Electric Bicycle laws and regulations across the nation and around the globe. They represent the best of what the burgeoning electric bicycle industry brings to the consumer: ability and enjoyment, health and well-being. An eBike.

Pioneers in the industry and riders groups have paved the way for excellent legislation that promotes safety and the integration of electric bicycles into robust sport and transportation markets. I have been most fortunate to be able to work with the premier organization People for Bikes and my hat’s off to Alex and his Team. I am grateful for the alliance and support as we address the current legislation in New Jersey.

I get many questions about the current legal status of electric bicycles here in New Jersey and have enjoyed a number of discussions as Assemblyman Tim Eustace’s important electric bicycle legislative initiative A4663 passed the full Assembly with a vote of 74-0 on June 22, 2017. A companion bill, S3510 has been introduced in the Senate by Hon. Linda Greenstein, which provides the necessary legislative process.

Although the legislation was very well received in the last Term, there was simply not enough time before the change of administration to see S3510 move through the Senate and enacted into law.

For 2018

We are very optimistic about the new administration’s objectives and priorities here in New Jersey. Thanks to the continuing hard work and dedication of many,  instead of “dying on the vine,” this important legislation has been reintroduced by Assemblyman Tim Eustace in the 2018-2019 legislative term as Assembly Bill No. 1810.

So then… are eBikes, trikes and scooters legal to operate now in New Jersey or not?

A professorial answer might be: it depends. Because it does. But that does not help much.

There are a number of current provisions in New Jersey law that appear to render eBikes illegal. Some argue that it is a matter of interpretation and others believe it is a matter of enforcement. Either way, the pending legislation in New Jersey will clearly subject electric bicycles in New Jersey to the same rules and regulations as all bicycles and no more. One thing is for certain: it is not illegal to sell, purchase or otherwise own and eBike in the Garden State.

Watts or no watts, 20mph or 28mph, throttle or pedal assisted, the New Jersey Legislation (don’t forget the amendments!) is sure to promote growth of the industry, small business opportunities, green and healthy transportation alternatives, tax revenue, create jobs and careers. It’s a winner.

And not to mention the ride….

So…. what do you think?