PHOTO CAPTION: Yuba V4 Electric-Assist Cargo Bike used by Pedal Express.

Replace the Family Car With A Bicycle?

Dave Cohen is trying to convert his Vermont community that it's possible, bringing both economic, environmental and physiological benefits.

Published: 08-Nov-2012

BRATTLEBORO—In a culture as car-centric as Vermont, Dave Cohen may seem like he is swimming against the tide when he advocates for bicycles as a way to reduce pollution, improve public health, and save people money.

But the Brattleboro psychotherapist has been at this a long time. When he lived in the San Francisco area, he created specially-designed cargo bicycles that could haul up to 1,000 pounds of cargo, and started up a human-powered delivery service called Pedal Express.

“We changed the idea of what bicycles can do,” Cohen said. “Bicycles are still seen as toys in Vermont, but human power is the largest untapped source of energy in the nation.”


Close up view of retro-style Juicer 48 electric motorbike.

Despite their advantages, electric-assisted bicycles or e-motorbikes/mopeds that can travel faster than 15 mph are required to be registered as a motorcycle in UK.

Vauxhall/Opel RAD concept pedal-assist e-bike.

Computer rendering of electric pedal-assist bicycle would be answer to smart's own electric bicycle initiative.

Sparta ion RXS electric bicycle.

A large-scale market survey reports that in particular buyers in the age group under 55 years are about to enter the e-bike market.


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