Overcoming Barriers to Active Transportation With E-Bikes

Overcoming Barriers to Active Transportation With E-Bikes

A 澳门赌场app student research project aims to help cities formulate cycling plans that include electric bicycles.

October 8, 2019 - 10:15am

A 澳门赌场app student research project aims to help cities formulate cycling plans that include electric bicycles.

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温哥华岛 大学 (澳门赌场app) Masters of 社区规划 student Eleni Gibson used to enjoy cycling. That was when she lived in Victoria, but after moving to Nanaimo to pursue her post-secondary education, it became a grueling activity.

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Her lack of enthusiasm for cycling in Nanaimo sparked Gibson’s interest in electric bicycles as a way to overcome a lot of barriers to cycling.

Electric bikes are gaining in popularity around the world, but can the same be said for a sprawled urban city like Nanaimo?

That is what Gibson is trying to determine in her research project – if there is an appetite for this type of transportation here.  

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For her project, Gibson is assessing people’s attitudes to e-bikes and whether or not it makes sense for the city of Nanaimo to include this mode of transportation in its cycling plan.

An e-bike has a small electric motor that can make hills less of an obstacle, distances more manageable and heavy cargo a non-issue. A bonus is that they reduce one’s carbon footprint.

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“I think Nanaimo is kind of a good case study because it’s quite sprawled and hilly, but you could take what’s happening here and probably apply it to a lot of coastal BC communities,” added Gibson.

“But if people aren’t interested in e-bikes or don’t see them as a viable transportation option, maybe the city should focus their efforts on public transit instead, adds Gibson.

Gibson was awarded a $17,500 加拿大 Graduate Scholarship – Masters (CGS-M) award for her project.

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媒体联系方式:

Annette Lucas, Communications Officer, 温哥华岛 大学

O: 250.741.2020 | C: 250.618.7296 | E: annette.lucas@viu.ca


标签: 社区规划 | 研究 | 可持续性 | 研究


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