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Oregon Adds Charging Stations for E-Bikes to ‘West Coast Electric Highway’

Oregon Adds Charging Stations for E-Bikes to 'West Coast Electric Highway'

Depending on where you live in the country, you may have noticed an influx of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations cropping up at rest stops,…

Friday, Jun 10

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Depending on where you live in the country, you may have noticed an influx of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations cropping up at rest stops, gas stations, parking lots and coffee shops. But what about e-bike changing stations? In Oregon, Governor Kate Brown is working to improve charging for all electric-assist vehicles, including those with two wheels.

BikePortland reports that Brown introduced 44 electric highway charging stations along the Oregon corridor of the West Coast Electric Highway—a stretch from Canada to Mexico that’s being equipped with charging stations to encourage green transportation and make it easier for drivers to go longer distances in electric vehicles. But Brown didn’t stop at car chargers: Each station in Oregon, all situated along the I-5, I-84, U.S. 101, is outfitted with 110 volt outlets in order to allow e-bikers to power up.

ODOT spokesperson Matt Noble told BikePortland that the community was largely to thank for the decision: “Community feedback has influenced our thinking and direction around e-bikes. Whether that’s through reporting like yours or through direct engagement like our recent TEINA study .”

However, some people were critical of the addition of the outlets, pointing out that some of them are located in areas where bikes aren’t actually allowed. The stations will likely be located on frontage roads off of the highways, so they will be largely accessible by bike, but how convenient they’ll be for bike travel remains to be seen. Still, BikePortland’s editor Jonathan Maus believes that this small step is just […]

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