The bike will be available for all of the VTrans staff, engineers, planners and officials to test ride, use to run errands or go on a lunch date. The El Boda Boda is capable of transporting a passenger on the rear and has an additional capacity to haul cargo. It's equipped with the sophisticated BionX 350 HT e-assist system. Check out this article that appeared today in the local Montpelier news -
This is VBike's first loan of a vehicle from our BikeTIP demonstration fleet! Yuba Bikes has been great in allowing us to be able to use these bikes to start creating the shift that needs to happen. As you know, we're working to make the biking way more inclusive for senior, families and households and repositioning the bike in Vermont as a practical, fun vehicle for everyday transportation. Now our Vermont transportation agency is enjoying an "out-of-car experience" VBIke style!
This is why we are asking all of you folks out there to contribute to VBike so that we can make things like this happen all over the state. This is about so much more than even our wondrous bikes - it's about us reclaiming our the use of our bodies, reestablishing our sensory experience of the world, and bringing so much more vitality to our communities. It's also about authentically responding to climate change and doing it now!
Oh yeah! On hand on Tuesday were officials from Go Vermont and VTrans as well as staff from the Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU). With encouragement from VBike, VSECU has extended their VGreen loans to cargo bikes, e-bikes and other bike transportation options. The collaboration of VBike, Go Vermont and VSECU is an unprecedented joint effort to rethink, reimagine, and reinterpret the bicycle. This may be the first effort of its kind in the nation to reconceptualize transportation biking at the state level.