Pedal power meets electric drive in central Oregon
ODOT's Region 4 (central Oregon) office in Bend is doing its part to get folks out of their cars and onto their bicycles. As part of Employee Transportation Month, the Region’s Conservation and Alternative Resources Team (CART) has gone the extra mile to get an electric-assisted bicycle. It’s a demonstration project intended to show the ease with which employees can get from one location to another.
Since many of the meetings that Region 4 headquarters workers attend are either on the local campus or not too far away in downtown Bend, it makes great sense to ride a bicycle, especially one that does a lot of the work for you.
The electric-assisted bicycle from Bend Electric Vehicles allows travel to local business destinations that would not be practical with a non-power assisted bicycle due to either distance or time constraints.
Region Planner Ana Jovanovic is one member of the CART team who is pretty enthusiastic about the new travel option.
“We hope people will use the bike for work trips, mostly meetings around town, while the weather is nice,” Jovanovic said. “I’ve even heard some project leaders are interested in biking to their projects. Our main goal is to show bike commuting can be easy and comfortable, and we hope to give all a chance to experience the new technology of electric bicycles.”
While the original idea came from District 10 Manager Pat Creedican, the CART team took up the challenge to get the bike.
“Promoting such use among our employees provides a direct benefit to the agency, and just as importantly, it provides ODOT with credibility when promoting programs for other employers to encourage reductions in motor vehicle use,” Creedican said.