I like it, personally. I hope to never see charging stations installed in any of Portland’s parks.
I hate e-bikes, and don’t consider them real bikes at all but more on a par with motor vehicles. They contradict in both theory and practice what cycling should be all about: getting some exercise and sparing this poor human-beleaguered world more mindless consumption and environmental degradation while taking up less room doing so. E-bikes are just another techyuppie gimmick of class-conscious conspicuous consumption.
Before you think to rebut me, of course I think they’re a godsend for people with health and mobility issues that render them unable to use regular muscle-powered bikes. But, who do you see riding these things? Dilbert- and Eggbert-looking dweebs in their 20s and 30s, who probably also spend over $50 a month on gym memberships — people who have no problems pushing pedals.
I think e-bikes and scooters shouldn’t even be allowed on our streets, and that e-bikes should require a permit a doctor signs off on to be owned by anyone. In the meantime, I don’t share my road with them because they don’t belong there. Why not return home from shopping at the New Seasons (a couple blocks down the road lol) in a Gemini space capsule?