The E-Bike Adventure Begins

Depot Street was no match for the E-Bike in ‘Turbo’ mode.

Local Motion in collaboration with VSECU, Terry Bicycles and Pomerleau Real Estate,  is offering FREE rentals of e-bikes this summer. It is a great way to try out this new way to get around. BBA Executive Director Kelly Devine will be exploring Burlington on one of these fantastic new bikes. Stay tuned as she posts about her 6-day e-bike adventure around BTV!

Day 1:

Many thanks to the Local Motion team. A++ customer service when picking up the e-bike rental. They provide locks and helmets for no charge. They even have bikes that can carry families. The bikes can fit on some types of bike racks (so plan ahead) or you can just ride away from the Local Motion pick-up site right onto the waterfront.

Wednesday is burger night, so we decided to ride there after work. We got there so quickly we had time for a longer ride and out to the Rt 127 bike path we went. We cut back over the bridge, rode through Ethan Allen Park, and then over to the Burlington Greenway for a quick stop at North Beach. We then headed back to Chubby Muffin for our burger and beer and ended a beautiful night with a ride back downtown.

The e-bike: it takes a bit to get used to how to use the 9 gears and the e-assist settings. We rode further and faster than we would have. The e-assist makes all hills easy; I used a range of settings for different hills and rarely hit the TURBO setting. TIP: Best to stay in the lowest gear workable.

Biking in #BTV: The new Greenway is phenomenal for everything including biking. The Rt. 127 bike path is in great shape. It takes some creativity to ride between them. Cheers for the N. Union Street protected lane, though it’s limited to one way. I wish I had planned the route back more thoughtfully. Where is the info on the best bike routes? Maybe ParkBurlington with support from Local Motion needs to create it.