E-bike Summit

Ok, so E-Bike Summit doesn’t exactly shout “FUN!”. But for the e-Bike nerd in us, the 2017 e-Bike Summit put on by BPSA and People for Bikes, hosted by Shimano at their U.S. headquarters in Irvine, CA, was an informative blast. The summit drew advocates and industry reps from OEMs, IBDs and EBDs. We are proud to have supported the e-bike initiative for the last three years now and to have seen the results of our partnership. Here are a few highlights. 

Advocacy Efforts

  • In 2017, four states passed e-bike friendly law- Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois and Michigan. Here’s a current map of U.S. progress. 
  • Mapped acceptable eMTBs trails across the U.S.
  • Developed advocacy playbook
  • Held demos for land managers

Market Research

  • The typical e-bikes customer is a 55-64 year old, caucasian male that makes 100,000-149,000 annually. 
  • 93% of e-bike riders had ridden standard bikes as adults. In other words, they have experience riding, debunking the myth that e-bike riders don’t know what they’re doing. 
  • The majority of riders polled, 51%, report that they are in very good or excellent health
  • The most popular category of new eBikes purchased was eMTB at 29%, compared to 12% conversion kits installed on new standard bikes with and 13% step-thru models. 
  • 80% of e-Bikes were purchased in the last 3 years
  •  About 50% of e-bike buyers used information from product comparison sites, and over 20% visited retailers to make their buying decisions
  • battery range was the highest consideration for purchase, followed by price. 
  • A vast majority of e-bike trips replaced solo car drives. 
  • more research and stats



IMBA’s new position statement on eMTBs

 IMBA is supportive of Class 1 eMTB access to nonmotorized trails when the responsible land management agency, in consultation with local mountain bikers, deem such eMTB access is appropriate and will not cause any loss of access to non-motorized bikes.


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