Gresham residents and city staff tried out the transportation of the future by riding electric bikes during a demonstration Wednesday, May 17, outside of City Hall.
The bikes were provided by Cynergy E-Bikes, a Portland store that brought their most popular models to East Multnomah County for the demonstration. The bikes operate normally, but have the option to kick on a motor attached to the frame that assists riders.
"The motor and battery makes it easier to go faster and take on hills," said Rich Fein, owner of Cynergy E-Bikes.
This was the second year Cynergy E-Bikes has showcased its products in Gresham. Many of the people who rode them had their questions answered about the bikes, and there was free pizza available.
"It is great the city invited us out again," Fein said. "We want to showcase how much fun people can have getting to work."
The store, located at 3838 S.E. Powell Blvd., has electric mountain, folding and commuter bikes available in 11 brands. The cost of an electric bike is between $1,200 and $4,000, and most of the motors have a top speed of 20 miles per hour. The bikes can go about 20 to 70 miles on one charge, and the average battery lifespan is about four to seven years.
"We want to get people out of cars and have cleaner transportation," Fein said.